Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pouille kicks off Davis Cup semi against Lajovic

Pouille kicks off Davis Cup semi against Lajovic

Lucas Pouille will kick off the Davis Cup semi-final against Serbia when he takes on Dusan Lajovic in the first singles match, according to the draw made on Thursday.

Friday's action will be completed with a second singles match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Laslo Djere.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, fifth in the ATP Race, face Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic in Saturday's doubles.

The reverse singles will take place on Sunday.

The tie is being played at Lille's Pierre Mauroy stadium, on clay.

Pouille and Lajovic have a 1-1 head-to-head record but the Frenchman has won their only encounter on the slow surface, last year in Bucharest.

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.

"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.

"Djokovic pulling out is very good news for the team," Noah said. "It's certain that we have much more of a chance."