France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates after defeating Belgium's Steve Darcis while French captain Yannick Noah, right, applauds after the Davis Cup final singles match at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille on Friday.(AP)
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga win leaves France-Belgium Davis Cup final all-square

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Belgium’s David Goffin won their respective singles matches to make 1-1 on Day 1 of the Davis Cup final in Lille.
By Reuters | Reuters, Lille
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2017 11:29 PM IST

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga demolished Steve Darcis 6-3 6-2 6-1 to bring France level at 1-1 with Belgium after the first day of the Davis Cup final on Friday.

The French number one wasted several early break chances before finding his stride on the indoor harcourt of the Pierre Mauroy stadium after in-form David Goffin had given the visitors a 1-0 lead by beating Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-3 6-1.

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France picked Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert while Belgium chose Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore for Saturday’s doubles but team captains have until one hour before the start of the match to change their line-up.

Nine-time champions France have not won the Davis Cup since 2001, losing three finals since then, while Belgium, runners-up in 2015, have never claimed the title.

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