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France favorite to reach Davis Cup final despite poor form

PARIS — With Novak Djokovic out of the Davis Cup semifinals, even a French lineup struggling for form is heavily favored to reach the team event final for the 18th time.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille lead France in singles play this weekend on clay against Serbia at Stade Pierre Mauroy, the venue where France lost to Switzerland the last time it made it to the final three years ago.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leads France in singles play this weekend on clay against Serbia at Stade Pierre Mauroy. | AP file photo
In the other semifinal in Brussels, Belgium will host 28-time champion Australia on indoor clay.

It has been a disappointing season for French tennis, leaving no more French players in the Top 15.

"We know that we had a bad season, but we don't need to be reminded it every day, this is not a constructive approach" French captain Yannick Noah said.

Author: Samuel Petrequin (Associated Press)
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/09/13/1738734/france-favorite-reach-davis-cup-final-despite-poor-form

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