France beat Serbia and make it to the Davis Cup final
France punched their ticket to the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead against Serbia on Sunday.
Playing on clay at Lille's Pierre Mauroy stadium, Les Bleus did not have it easy in their semi-final against a team deprived of former world number one Novak Djokovic as they set up a meeting against Australia or Belgium.
France were the heavy favorites against Serbia and they delivered despite unexpectedly losing the first point when Lucas Pouille lost to Lajovic on Friday.
French number one Tsonga, however, played solid tennis against Laslo Djere and Lajovic to give Les Bleus two points while grand slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won their doubles against Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic.
Under the captaincy of Yannick Noah, the French squad will appear in its first final since 2014. They will bid for a 10th title against either Australia or Belgium. Should Australia prevail, the final will be contested Down Under. If Belgium wins, France are the hosts.
End 16 Year Drought
The French team will be looking to end a 16-year title drought, having most recently prevailed over Australia in the 2001 final, followed by runner-up finishes in 2002, 2010 and 2014. France played their last final in 2014, losing in Lille to Roger Federer's Switzerland.
"It was an exciting tie and the mindset was perfect," said France team captain Yannick Noah.
"There were ups and downs but let's enjoy it. Being in the final was a dream."