Davis Cup win 'from another world' for Pouille

Lucas Pouille secured the Davis Cup for France

Lucas Pouille secured the Davis Cup for France

The hosts began Sunday's final day 2-1 up in the best-of-five tie, but David Goffin levelled for Belgium by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2.

The 23 year old eased past Darcis in the deciding rubber in Lille.

France captain Yannick Noah, who was also skipper the last time they won in 2001, believes the strength in depth in the French ranks was crucial to victory.

"I'm so emotional right now, to play in front of my family and friends is like a feeling from another world".

"Everyone wanted this, we favoured the spirit of the group above individuals".

It left Belgium's hopes of claiming a first title in the venerable competition resting with their in-form number one Goffin denying Tsonga in Sunday's opening singles.

Goffin stormed to a double-break lead in the third set as Tsonga's resistance crumbled, and closed out the match with minimal fuss, but Darcis was unable to reproduce previous heroics against an inspired Pouille.

"It's great for me to be finally able to win it, I've been chasing after it for 10 years", Tsonga added. "I'm really so happy". "I live this through the players, obviously", he said.

It was their first title since they beat Australia away in 2001 before three defeats in the final in 2002, 2010 and 2014, while Belgium have yet to win the title, having now lost three finals after defeats in 1904 and 2015.

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