Davis Cup semi-finals: Australia and France lead after winning doubles

France's Lucas Pouille reacts to Dusan Lajovic of Serbia during their Davis Cup semi final at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille northern France Friday Sept.15 2017

France takes a 2-1 lead

Nick Kyrgios prevailed in a thrilling, topsy-turvy encounter with Steve Darcis to level Australia's Davis Cup semi-final with Belgium at 1-1 after the first day of action.

Soeda crumpled into a heap as the ball flew past the baseline after more than three and a half hours on court. When Kyrgios spoke to Australian media he said, "You're not playing for yourself and I find it easier to play for these guys and I feel it's helped me so much throughout my career".

"I did not have a very good match as a captain".

"I'm really looking forward to the challenge and a challenge it's going to be".

"I did everything right preparing".

Belgian's medical team have been working round the clock to ensure Goffin's presence after the Belgian star injured his left knee at the US Open. "I entered the tournament with a hip injury that, sooner rather than later, is going to require surgery", he said.

"It was incredibly tough.I was disappointed in New York.I knew I had to come here and prepare, just block it all out", he told reporters. "It (Davis Cup) is my number one priority so to get that win is a bit of relief".

Their victory puts Australia on the brink of a first Davis Cup final appearance since 2003.

Kyrgios stormed imperiously through the opening set, sending down eight aces without losing a point in five service games. Set to face David Goffin on Day 1 and Steve Darcis on Day 3, the Australian will like his chances.

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"We had to turn the momentum around which is what they had after winning the second and third sets".

The reverse singles rubber will be played on Sunday.

Darcis managed to survive his first serve game but soon crumbled, allowing Kyrgios to tie things up.

The world No.12 was made to work hard for his victory by the 185th-ranked Queenslander, who was only called into the team by Hewitt on Thursday.

Despite his strong form on the world stage, Peers was overlooked by a succession of Davis Cup captains until Hewitt took over and gave him his debut against the U.S. a year ago.

The Aussie duo took the battle to Belgian pair Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur De Greef to secure a crushing 6-3 6-4 6-0 win in quick time.

The non-participation of household names is evident in the France-Serbia tie, with the French without injured Gael Monfils, while Serbia are missing Novak Djokovic, who will not play again until January due to an elbow injury and the birth of his second child.

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.

The world No. 18 wasted little time in dispatching Laslo Djere 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 to leave the tie level heading to the doubles match. Goffin has a terrific Davis Cup singles record of 17-3, and 7-2 on a clay court.

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