DAVIS CUP: U.S. SWEEPS BELGIUM AHEAD OF WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS
By Junior Williams
(April 8, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryan Harrison defeated Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-4 in a dead rubber match, giving the United States a 4-0 win over Belgium in the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals. In September, the Americans will face Croatia on the road in the semifinals.
Harrison converted all three of his break point chances to help secure the victory in a 65-minute match at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center.
It was his first Davis cup singles win since 2012, when the U.S. shut out hosts Switzerland in the World Group First Round.
The semifinals will be a major test for the U.S. team, which has never beaten Croatia in four attempts. The last defeat came in 2016 in Portland, Oregon, when Croatia came back from 0-2 down to beat the Americans 3-2, capped by Borna Coric’s victory over Jack Sock.
Belgium will return to the World Group in 2019, hoping to have its top player David Goffin back in the fold after he missed the tie against the U.S. with an injury.
Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan. At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He was in Nashville, Tennessee covering the Davis Cup Quarterfinal World Group tie between the United States and Belgium for Tennis Panorama News.
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