France will have a chance to compete for their 10th Davis Cup crown in November, after a 3-1 win over Serbia at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga brought the deciding point, defeating Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 in 2 hours and 50 minutes to make the crowd erupting in joy and keep the French dreams of winning the first title since 2001 alive. Tsonga served well, losing serve twice in the first set and facing just 2 break points in the rest of the match.
He found a nice rhythm after a slow start in the opener and he took control on the return as well, creating 12 break points and converting 4 to bring the match home in under 3 hours. Frenchman had more winners and they committed the similar number of unforced errors, and that third set really made the difference, as Dusan fought well, only to come short in the end.
Lajovic had a very good weekend, keeping weakened Serbia in contention all by himself, and he played great tennis in the first set, breaking in the first and seventh games to grab the opener by 6-2. Jo-Wilfried raised his level in set number 2, sailing through his serve games and mastering the points with his strong forehands.
He scored breaks in games 2 and 8 to avenged that first set loss and gather the momentum before the rest of the match. The third set was by far the best part of the encounter, with good holds on both sides and with a lot of winners from all over the court.
Tsonga saved 2 break points in the 9th game and he got an early mini-break to take the tie break by 7-5, moving his country just a set away from the final. The 4th set was very similar to what we saw in the second, Tsonga was untouchable in his service games and Dusan couldn't handle that pressure and earn another tie break, dropping serve twice to end on the losing side.