Davis Cup: Pouille and Goffin clash to kick-off final

The draw for the Davis Cup final between France and Belgium was released on Thursday and Lucas Pouille will take on Belgium captain David Goffin in the first clash.

Lucas Pouille will face David Goffin in the first tie of the Davis Cup final on Friday.   -  Getty Images

The draw for the Davis Cup final between France and Belgium was released on Thursday and Lucas Pouille will kick-off the final with a clash against David Goffin, who showed his form by beating Roger Federer to reach the final in London last week.

The second match will see Jo-Wilfried Tsonga take on Steve Darcis. France's doubles department will be handled by Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who face the duo of Ruben Bemelmans and Joris de Loore on Saturday.

Sunday sees two crucial matches, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga locking horns with David Goffin, while Lucas Pouille faces Steve Darcis.

"France are clearly the favourites because they're playing at home, have won the Davis Cup several times before and have a very consistent team with very good players," David Goffin had told AFP.

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The Belgians are trying to win their first Davis Cup title, after reaching the final in 2015, where they lost to a Britain team comprising Andy Murray.

France, on the other hand, is aiming to secure its tenth silver salad bowl. The side had a relatively easy route to its first final since losing to Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and the Swiss in 2014.

The schedule:

Friday

Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs David Goffin (BEL)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Steve Darcis (BEL)

 

Saturday

Richard Gasquet/Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs Ruben Bemelmans/Joris de Loore (BEL)


Sunday

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs David Goffin (BEL)

Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs Steve Darcis (BEL)