Davis Cup Final: David Goffin overpowers Lucas Pouille to help Belgium clinch opening singles rubber

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New Delhi:

David Goffin put in a commanding performance to brush aside Lucas Pouille and helpĀ  Belgium secure the first point in the Davis Cup final against France on Friday.

Goffin, the world number seven, won in three sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 in front of a huge crowd of close to 26,000 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the northern French city of Lille.

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would be taking onĀ  Steve Darcis in the second singles rubber later as the hosts look to stay in the tie and win the trophy for the first time since 2001.

Goffin, who last week lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the title decider at the ATP Finals in London, needed just under two hours to give the Belgians the upper hand as they look to win the Davis Cup for the first time.

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