Davis Cup semi-finals: Australia and France lead after winning doubles

David Goffin of Belgium

David makes you play for every point. "It would not have been possible without the support of the fans", said Goffin.

"I didn't get to spend the time with her I wanted to and tennis was the reason for that. That's the truth", said Kyrgios who has pocketed $1,434,847 this year in prize money. I would love to win one.

"I know that and there's no point trying to convince anyone otherwise".

It kept me away from her.

The non-participation of household names is evident in the France-Serbia tie, with the French without injured Gael Monfils, while Serbia are missing Novak Djokovic, who will not play again until January due to an elbow injury and the birth of his second child. Whoever was going to win that one was going to turn it all around. But in the fourth set, Lajovic broke early on and set up a match point at 5-3.

Goffin, ranked No.12 in the world, has won 13 of his 14 Davis Cup matches, the lone loss coming in the 2015 final to Britain's Andy Murray. France captain Yannick Noah was critical of his own performance. David will only get better with the confidence from yesterday's match. "I was a bit stressed and I think I passed my stress to Lucas", he said.

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World no 185 Millman, in for Thanasi Kokkinakis, was no match for Goffin's power as the more experienced man came through to eventually triumph 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 7-5. Veteran Steve Darcis will feature as Belgium's second singles player.

Kyrgios fired 34 aces and 41 winners in the win lasting more than three-and-a-half hours. "I felt a lot of nerves at the start and lost my way a bit but I managed to hang in", said the 33-year-old. "I knew it was going to be tough, especially on this very slow clay court".

Tsonga made good on his status as favourite in the rubber against Laslo Djere, taking the win in three easy sets.

In the play-offs, where the winners will compete in the World Group next season, 2016 champions Argentina are 1-1 against Kazakhstan after US Open quarter-finalist Diego Schwartzman eased past Dimtri Popko 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

The last time Australia reached the final, Lleyton Hewitt, the current team captain, was in his prime and fittingly, he will oversee the country's best chance of adding to its 28 titles in over a decade. "We still have to finish the job".

Neither of the Belgians play a great deal of doubles but with Peers' regular Davis Cup partner Sam Groth not in the team, the Aussies will field a new-look doubles team.

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