French duo puts France ahead going into tomorrow.

France will take a 2-1 lead into the last day of the Davis Cup final after a stunning doubles comeback in Belgrade on Saturday. Hosts Serbia looked set for victory in the vital doubles rubber when they opened a two-set lead but the French pair of Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement fought back for a memorable 3-6 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 7-5 6-4 triumph. It leaves them needing to win just one of Sunday’s two reverse singles matches to claim the trophy.

Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki, who suffered their first defeat as a duo in Davis Cup play, started well enough but the latter in particular struggled as the French raised their game. Serbia blew break points on Clement’s serve to regain command in the fourth set and paid the price as the French levelled the match as Troicki cracked on serve in game 11. And they immediately took control of the final set, breaking Zimonjic this time for the first time in the match. Despite the Serbs forcing two break points in the eighth game of the set, they could not take their chance and the French pair were soon celebrating after four and a half hours on court.

Novak Djokovic is due to take on Gael Monfils – a player he has never lost to – in the first of Sunday’s matches, with Janko Tipsarevic slated to play Gilles Simon in what could be the decisive final rubber.


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