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Davis Cup: Great Britain To Face Off Belgium In Finals; Deja Vu Of 1904

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| September 21 , 2015 , 13:45 IST
Steve Darcis sent Belgium into their first Davis Cup final for more than a century by beating Federico Delbonis on Sunday in the decisive fifth match against Argentina. [caption id="attachment_128343" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Davis Cup Belgium's Steve Darcis celebrates after winning against Argentina's Federico Delbonis during the last singles match at the Davis Cup World Group semifinals between Belgium and Argentina in Brussels, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Belgium qualifies for the Davis Cup final. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)[/caption] Darcis, who lost his opening singles match and was defeated in doubles on Saturday as Argentina built a 2-1 lead, finally grabbed a point with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) win in a deafening atmosphere at the Forest National. Earlier, Belgium's No. 1 player David Goffin defeated Diego Schwartzman to draw Belgium level. Belgium reached their first final since 1904 and will play Britain in the November 27-29 match. Argentina, who have never won the Davis Cup, were looking for a fifth final in the team competition. Belgium will host Britain in the final from November 27-29 in a repeat of their 1904 final when the Britons won 5-0 at Wimbledon. Darcis and his team-mates celebrated their 3-2 win with a lap of honor and thanked fans for their noisy support over the weekend. "For our small country it's pretty good. For me, it's really big. I fight and I fight and this time I had the win," said Darcis. "David Goffin played great, he gave me the chance to finish the job." Darcis had a 5-3 lead in the fourth set but showed some nerves at a crucial moment as he struggled with his serve. He allowed Delbonis to level at 5-5 after wasting a first match point with a forehand into the net and Delbonis canceled a second with a winner. But Darcis found his best tennis in the tiebreaker. He jumped to a 5-1 lead and earned four match points with a super lob that delighted his supporters. Delbonis saved the first match point before Darcis sealed the match with a smash and fell on his back, with his teammates rushing to him as celebrations started. "Inside it was so hard to stay calm," Darcis said. "I was so tight when I had the first two match points but I played an amazing tiebreak. We said before it would be a very long weekend and that was the case." Earlier, Goffin had put the Belgians back on track by dispatching Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 after hitting 38 winners and breaking six times. Schwartzman replaced Argentina's No.1 player Leonardo Mayer, who said he was too tired after winning Saturday's doubles with Carlos Berlocq. [caption id="attachment_128341" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Davis Cup Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his match against Australia's Bernard Tomic at the end of his semifinal tennis match of the Davis Cup between Britain and Australia in Glasgow, Scotland Sunday Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)[/caption] Meanwhile, world number three Andy Murray smashed his way for Great Britain leading his team to its first Davis Cup final clash in 37 years. The Britain-adopted Scotsman beat Australian Bernard Tomic 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 taking Britain to an unassailable 3-1 lead. The 28-year-old's 25th win from 27 Davis Cup singles matches, which took under two hours, secured a first victory over old rivals Australia since 1978. It puts nine-time winners Britain on the verge of a historic first title triumph since 1936, when Fred Perry and Bunny Austin sealed a 3-2 victory over Australia at Wimbledon. (With AP inputs)