In the first rubber between France and Serbia, Dusan Lajovic caused a huge shock by beating Lucas Pouille, adding some excitement to what many assumed would be a lopsided tie. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised in his match, however.
Belgium 1-1 Australia
France 1-1 Serbia
Goffin didn't have it easy in the opener between Belgium and Australia, as John Millman took the opening set in a tie-break to put pressure on the hosts.
The 26-year-old adapted quickly, however, and calmly played out the contest the rest of the way. As expected, the slower clay underground favoured his playing style, and Millman visibly grew early. Live Tennis weighed in on the action:
Live Tennis @livetennis
It was a battle but @David__Goffin puts Belgium in from with a hard-fought four-set win over #Millman. 🇧🇪 1-0 🇦🇺 #DavisCup https://t.co/Ma7Je7vake2017-9-15 15:58:24
In the second rubber, Steve Darcis gave Kyrgios all he could handle early and even took the lead after a close third set, coming from behind to win the tie-break.
His health appeared to fail him in the fourth, however, which was a quick affair and ended with the Belgian leaving the court for treatment., per the event's official Twitter account:
Davis Cup @DavisCup
Kyrgios forces a fifth set as Darcis heads off court for treatment with the 🇦🇺looking the fresher at 63 36 67(5) 61. #BELAUS #DavisCup https://t.co/zdjn5PzCwA2017-9-15 19:15:26
Darcis managed to survive his first serve game but soon crumbled, allowing Kyrgios to tie things up.
There was a huge shock in the first rubber of the other semi-final, as Lajovic blasted his way past Pouille to give the Serbs the lead over France. We Are Tennis couldn't believe it:
We Are Tennis @WeAreTennis
SERBIA 1 - FRANCE 0. Dusan #Lajovic stuns Lucas #Pouille 6-1 3-6 7-6 7-6 to win the 1st rubber #DavisCup #FRASRB https://t.co/z9jVtWE5D82017-9-15 14:17:32
Lajovic dominated with better offence in the first set and rediscovered his momentum in the third―although he nearly lost out on the win after suffering a late injury to his toe, just barely finishing off the rubber.
Tsonga made good on his status as favourite in the rubber against Laslo Djere, taking the win in three easy sets. France remain the favourites to advance, but Serbia made things very interesting heading into the doubles.