[QODLink]
Sport
French duo fight back in Davis Cup
Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra come closer to another title for France as they go 2-1 up in the tie against Serbia.
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2010 19:16 GMT
Clement and Llodra embrace after winning the match having gone two sets down to their Serb opponents [AFP]

France edged towards a 10th Davis Cup title when Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra staged a remarkable fightback to beat Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki in a five-set cliffhanger.

In an electrifying atmosphere inside a jam-packed Belgrade Arena, the experienced French partnership roared back to win 3-6 6-7 6-4 7-5 6-4 and spark wild celebrations from their sizeable army of fans in a sell-out crowd.

Their victory put France 2-1 ahead in the tie and Gael Monfils could wreck Serbia's hopes of winning the trophy for the first time if he beats home favourite Novak Djokovic in Sunday's first reverse singles.

Nearly 17,000 fans waving flags and banging drums cranked up the volume throughout a stormy match that threatened to boil over at the end of the second set when Spanish umpire Enric Molina struggled to keep order.

However, it was the French duo who kept their composure at the crucial moments and Llodra's winning volley ended a pulsating match after four hours and 34 minutes to leave Serbia needing to win both of Sunday's singles rubbers.

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.