Belgium Vs Australia Semifinal Davis Cup Brussels, 15 Sep - 17 Sep 2017
Belgium will host Australia in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals on 15-17 September in the fifth meeting between the two nations. Their head-to-head stands at 2-2, but Belgium has won their last two encounters in a decisive fifth rubber – in both the World Group first round in Liege in 2007 and in the 2010 World Group play-offs in Cairns.
Belgium progressed to the semifinals for just the second time since 1999 after defeating Italy 3-2 in the quarterfinals in Charleroi. Steve Darcis defeated Paolo Lorenzi to set the tone for Belgium and David Goffin won both of his rubbers to seal the tie for the hosts, after Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi had prolonged the tie to a final day by squeezing past Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore in a five-set doubles.
Up against USA, Australia also won its quarterfinal tie in the fourth rubber. Nick Kyrgios followed up Jordan Thompson’s shock upset of Jack Sock by beating John Isner, before Sock and Steve Johnson toiled to keep the tie alive for the visitors by winning the doubles in five sets. Kyrgios sealed the tie, putting Sam Querrey to the sword in rubber four.