France wins doubles, leads Belgium in Davis Cup final

Published 11:26 a.m. ET Nov. 25, 2017 | Updated 12:11 p.m. ET Nov. 25, 2017

LILLE, France (AP) — Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 to give France a 2-1 lead on Belgium in the Davis Cup final on Saturday.

Gasquet and Herbert, who had never played together before, put France one win away from a 10th Davis Cup title. Belgium, in the final for the second time in three years, is seeking its first title.

In the northern city of Lille, the inexperienced French pair came out on top of a tense match with many ups and downs.

In Sunday’s first reverse singles, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can clinch the final for France with victory against Belgium’s top player David Goffin. If Tsonga fails, the tie will be decided in…

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