French Davis Cup team to embrace challenge of meeting Serbia in semi-finals

French Davis Cup team to embrace challenge of meeting Serbia in semi-finals

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French tennis player Julien Benneteau is looking forward to the Davis Cup semi-final clash between his side and Serbia, in a home tie, in September 15-17. France and Serbia are set to meet in the World Group semi-finals after outclassing Great Britain and Spain with a 4-1 win respectively during this past weekend.

It will be the second ever meeting between the two sides -- they met last time in the 2010 Davis Cup final. Back then Serbia handed a 3-2 loss to the French side to win its first and only Davis Cup title. Veterans Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut brought the third deciding point to their side after Saturday's doubles win in Rouen over Britain's Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray.

''We have a very good crowd,'' Benneteau said. ''We will need them for the semi-final -- because it's going to be very difficult against Serbia -- especially with Novak Djokovic playing this year in Davis Cup. Nine-time Davis Cup champion France have yet to win the competition since 2001.

''Two more steps. The next one is difficult. But yeah, why not? In any case we will try very hard (to beat Serbia),'' Benneteau added. Photo by FFT (@FFTennis) Twitter Also read: Todd Woodbridge heavily impressed by Australia's Davis Cup outing against the U.S.

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