Lille - David Goffin mercilessly swept aside Lucas Pouille
to give Belgium the first point in the Davis Cup final against France on Friday.
Goffin, the world number seven, won in three sets, 7-5, 6-3,
6-1 in front of a huge crowd of close to 26,000 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in
the northern French city of Lille.
French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces Steve Darcis in
the second singles rubber later as the hosts look to stay in the tie and win
the trophy for the first time since 2001.
Goffin, who last week lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the title
decider at the ATP Finals in London, needed just under two hours to give the
Belgians the upper hand as they look to win the Davis Cup for the first time.