Paire to open for France against Spain in Davis Cup

France captain Yannick Noah in celebratory moodMore

France's Benoit Paire, left, poses with Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta during the Davis Cup draw, Thursday, Sept.13, 2018 in Lille, northern France.

Lucas Pouille, who annexed the winning point in last year's final in the same stadium, was next on court, hoping to give the champions a 2-0 lead against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Noah said winning a fourth Davis Cup on home soil - his team also sealed victory in the Lille arena past year - would be a fitting way for him to leave the job and he reckoned his team were now playing their best tennis of his inspirational reign.

France captain Yannick Noah said he "deserved a beer" to celebrate his defending Davis Cup champions' seamless progress past Spain and into their second successive final on Saturday.

Following victories for Benoit Paire and Lucas Pouille in Friday's singles, Benneteau and Mahut, who won both their previous Davis Cup rubbers when teamed together, were fancied to finish the job in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

"You are going to enjoy it, you'll see my face, it's going to be amusing".

Blunt wants to investigate Kavanaugh allegations
But as the details began to leak, Ford found that her identity was being made public and her story was being called into question. Still, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said of Ford: "She should not be insulted". "This is a completely false allegation.

Tom Arnold Claims Mark Burnett Attacked Him At Emmys Party
Arnold has been going after Burnett over his association with Trump and his hand in producing " The Apprentice " for some time. If you don't know, Tom was once a contestant on the Donald Trump-hosted Celebrity Apprentice , which Mark produced.

Footage has emerged of footballer Douglas Costa spitting in another player's mouth
Ronaldo's first Serie A goal came in fortunate fashion, but lifted a huge burden off the former Real Madrid man's shoulders. I'd like to emphasise that this isolated incident does not correspond with what I have always shown throughout my career".

Playing with real flair, not holding back and looking as if he was made for Davis Cup theatrics, Paire also showed real heart when struggling in the first set as he three times had to battle back from a set point down.

Veteran duo Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut secured France's decisive win, beating Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7). Noah has the option to use Gasquet on Sunday. "But I'm sure they gave it a deep thought".

Pouille was a set down and blew a 5-2 lead, with Bautista Agut saving five set points, but he came back from a mini-break down to win the tiebreak. The tie is set to be held on an indoor-hard surface at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.

The teams are meeting for the ninth time, with Spain leading 6-2.

Croatia is hosting the United States in the other semifinal.

Spain's captain Sergi Bruguera admitted his Nadal-free team now face "the worst scenario" and he does not know yet if Carreno Busta will be fit for the reverse singles, which may see him have to turn to Albert Ramos Vinolas.

Related News:

Most liked

Bale says Real Madrid are more of a team without Cristiano Ronaldo
The 29-year-old has started all of his side's La Liga matches this term and has rewarded his new boss with a return of three goals and two assists.

Philippine storm landslide rescue bid
Power utility CLP said access to numerous affected areas was blocked by fallen trees and debris, making fix work extremely hard . In Hong Kong , the storm injured 213 people and caused terror by shaking tall buildings, smashing windows and felling trees.

Nintendo confirms Gold Points can be used to purchase Switch Online subscriptions
People intending to use Gold Points to pay for a subscription, then planning on turning auto-renewal off, should keep that in mind.

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Emmys 2018 Winner - Outstanding Comedy Series
No surprise there, as the veteran actor - best known for playing Fonzie in Happy Days - was a firm favourite. HBO's " Game of Thrones " was named best drama series, beating last year's champion " The Handmaid's Tale ".

Director Glenn Weiss Proposes To Girlfriend Jan Svendsen At 2018 Emmy Awards
Glenn Weiss knows how to make a moment! We can't stop crying at the surprise proposal that went down at the 2018 Emmy Awards . It was a attractive , special, and unexpected moment that everyone can agree was a real victor and of course she said yes!

Australian Seattle Seahawks NFL punter Michael Dickson has Chicago Bears scared
The Times reported analytics estimated Dickson's punts were worth 9.66 points for the Seahawks in their 27-24 loss in Denver. Chris Carson and Rashad Penny each carried the ball seven times last Sunday and Carson had the most success with 51 yards.

4 killed, 9 wounded in shooting at Mexico mariachi square
In another, brass instruments and melancholic voices fill the air as the flashing lights of police vehicles descend on the plaza. TV footage and videos on the social media showed a heavy police presence in the area, with the crime scene cordoned off.

Nationwide Emergency Alert test on Thursday
More than 100 wireless providers will carry the WEA message will feature a header that reads "Presidential Alert". The original test was supposed to occur on September 20, but has been rescheduled to its October 3 backup date.

Fire in Kings Plaza parking garage injures 21
Those with heart or lung conditions such as asthma to avoid the area, stay indoors and keep windows closed due to smoke. Nigro said the fire was confined to the second level of the parking garage and did not extend to stores at the mall.

Firmino eases Liverpool supporters’ worries with latest update
Vorm tried to claw it onto the bar, but goal-line technology ruled it crossed the line in the 39th minute. I trust completely in my squad, not 100 per cent but 200 per cent.

Patriots Acquire Josh Gordon For 5th Round Pick
Gordon has only made it through an entire 16-game season one time, and that came in his rookie year of 2012. Josh Gordon , who spent six years with the Browns organization, battled through a lot of off-field issues.

This Twitter thread captures the intensity of typhoon Mangkhut
Government officials said 54 people died and 42 were missing, including 33 miners who were killed in a landslide at a mining site. Power utility CLP said access to numerous affected areas was blocked by fallen trees and debris, making fix work extremely hard .

Captain Raju, famous Malayalam actor, passes away at 68
Captain Raju has acted in more than 500 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films during his long career. He was brought back to Kochi for further treatment.He died at his residence in Palarivattom, Kochi today.

Chrissy Teigen reveals fans have been pronouncing her name wrong
The model also revealed on Sunday that she is sporting a huge bruise on her leg ahead of the award show. "[Gave] up a long time ago", the 32-year-old cookbook author tweeted to her followers.

North Carolina devastated as floodwaters rise from deadly storm Florence
Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina , after stalking the coastline for days. In the Carolinas, the National Weather Service continued to warn people the floods were worsening.