Belgium 3 Italy 2
David Goffin powered Belgium in to the semi-finals of the Davis cup world cup tournament, after his straight sets victory over Paolo Lorenzi (6-3 6-3 6-2). Belgium are the 2015 runner-ups of the Davis cup and are through to the semis yet again. Goffin said “When you see the score it was comfortable, but inside it was not”. He said often when you are ahead on the scoreboard, being two sets to love up, its easy to loose concentration and momentum in the third. Goffin earlier defeated Andreas Seppi, thus winning both his singles ties.
France 4 Great Britain 1
With the absence of Andy Murray from this week’s Davis cup tie due to a shoulder strain, GBR slumped to a defeat and handed France a pass into the semi-finals of the Davis cup. A closely contested doubles tie was won by Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau, which later turned into a bad week for Great Britain, after the losses of Kyle Edmund and Daniel Evans. Britain have failed to qualify for the semis for the first time in three years, leaving France ecstatic. France have not won the tournament since 2001, and are hopeful that this year they might be able to bring back some glory to the country.
Serbia 4 Spain 1
Spain was demolished by Serbia in the other half of the quarter-final berth, just about avoiding a complete white wash. While Novak Djokovic returned to the Davis cup team, Rafael Nadal remained absent, as he rests in his home town in Mallorca, before the clay court season starts off. Djokovic put up commanding display against Victor Troicki, and later won a thrilling five setter in the doubles tie.
Australia 3 USA 1
Nick Kyrgios who has been in this year’s news for more than one reason, powered past Sam Querrey, to secure a semi-final berth in front of an all Australian crowd in Brisbane. It was a closely contested first set, and Kyrgios also had to come back from 1-4 down in the fourth set to reel away five consecutive games. Kyrgios was quick to praise Lleyton Hewitt, the retired Australian who is now captaining the Aussie Davis cup team, for his encouraging words during the match.
The semi-finals will take place in September between Belgium and Australia, fighting for a place in the finals, while France battle it out with Serbia.