France end Aegon GB Davis Cup Team’s 2017 Davis Cup campaign with 4-1 victory | LTA

Davis Cup quarter-final clash concludes with 4-1 victory to France


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Leon Smith and Dan Evans on Day 3 of the Davis Cup quarter-final clash

On the third and final day of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-final clash, the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team returned to Le Kindarena and scooped up their first win of the weekend.

France sealed their spot in the semi-finals on Saturday after Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau clinched a world-class doubles contest against Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot. The result marked a 3-0 lead for France following Friday’s singles rubbers which saw both Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans fall in three-sets to world no.17 Lucas Pouille and an inspired Jeremy Chardy, respectively.

With the tie no longer alive, there were still two dead rubbers to be played that adapted a best of three-set format.

Played in front of thousands of chanting fans, world no.44, Dan Evans was called up first and faced Benneteau on the opposite side of the net.  An early break for the Brit set the ball rolling and he marched on to take the opening set, 6-1.

Davis Cup quarter-final action

He maintained his momentum in the second set, but a moment of madness hit the arena at 3-0 when Mahut strolled onto the court to help his partner out! France’s captain, Yannick Noah was quick to follow suit and together they claimed Benneteau’s first game of the set. Enjoying the moment and seemingly unfazed, the match resumed and Dan continued his masterclass on clay with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Next it was up to world no.47, Kyle Edmund to take on Jeremy Chardy in the fifth and final rubber. It was a battle of ferocious forehands but Chardy was a man on a mission once more and broke late in the opening set to take a 6-4 lead.

Kyle fought hard to turn the match around and was up 4-1 in the second set until the Frenchman regrouped and won the following five games. Chardy triumphed 6-4, 6-4 and concluded the quarter-final tie with a 4-1 victory to France. 

The Aegon GB Davis Cup Team will now shift their focus to the clay season and will have some fantastic match experience under their belts after some superb play on the surface this weekend!

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