France have won the 2017 Davis Cup for the 10th time following their 3-2 win over Belgium in a best-of-five tie.
Hosts France began Sunday’s final day 2-1 up but David Goffin levelled for Belgium with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before Frenchman Lucas Pouille beat Steve Darcis in a deciding final match.
World number 18 Pouille got the better of his 76th-ranked opoonent 6-3 6-1 6-0 to seal a first title for France since 2001 and the victory was subsequently celebrated in a wild manner by the 27,000 crowd at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille.
Speaking after France’s victory, Pouille said: “When Jo lost I was crazy in my head and I was like ‘go on, play your game, try to beat him’. This is a feeling from another world.”
“There are no words needed, just look at the atmosphere and hear the emotion right now.
“I am so proud of my team, we really wanted this trophy. After 16 years, we finally got it, I’m very happy.” he concluded.
France won their last title in 2001 and had previously lost three finals (2002, 2010 and 2014) before Sunday’s triumph.