The French Tennis Federation have confirmed that France will play their Davis Cup semi-final against defending champions Czech Republic at Roland Garros in September, Reuters reports.
The clay court surface is the home of the French Open and both teams will fight it out for a place in the final in December on the weekend of September 12-14.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for the French team, as the Stade Roland Garros was built in 1928 for the purpose of hosting the Davis Cup final that year between France and USA.
The same two nations competed there the last time a Davis Cup tie was held on Philippe Chatrier, when France edged a semi-final encounter 3-2. On that occasion, victory for Sebastien Grosjean over Andy Roddick helped seal the home team’s place in the final, where they were beaten by Russia.
France’s class of 2014 have made their way to the last four thanks to a 5-0 whitewash at home to Australia in the first round and a 3-2 home victory over Germany in Nancy in the quarter-finals, with the latter coming courtesy of a stunning comeback.
After Juien Benneteau and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Tobias Kamke and Peter Gojowczyk, they were left with it all to do, but a triumph in the doubles rubber on the Saturday was followed by straight set wins for Tsonga and Gael Monfils over the same two players. This set up the tie with the Czech Republic in front of a potential crowd of over 14,000.
The visitors for September’s tie came through a more comfortable quarter-final, as they thrashed Japan 5-0 in an away tie in Tokyo, which followed a more narrow 3-2 home triumph over the Netherlands in Ostrava.
They came into this year’s tournament as defending champions from 2013 after a three-set win for Radek Stepanek over Dusan Lajovic gave them a 3-2 win over Serbia to achieve the Czech Republic’s second Davis Cup tournament victory.
France have won the competition nine times, but they will be continuing their quest for their first tournament victory since 2001, when they beat Australia 2-3 in Melbourne.
The semi-final could see the likes of world number 13 Tsonga and world number six Tomas Berdych go up against each other to whet the appetite of the Paris crowd.
The winner of that tie will face the winner of the other semi-final between Switzerland and Italy.
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