France team celebrate with the trophy after winning the Davis Cup Final. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Belgian ace David Goffin leveled the final at two points apiece after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in Sunday's opening reverse singles, but a revitalized Pouille propelled France to a first victory since 2001 .Pouille was beaten convincingly by Goffin in Friday's first singles tie, but the world No. 18 shook off that defeat to swat Darcis aside in one hour and 34 minutes.That proved enough to wrap up the first set, with three further breaks in the second firing Pouille and France to the brink of the title.Darcis, the world No. 76, was powerless to stop a rampant Pouille as the 23-year-old dismantled the Belgian in the third set – winning 25 of 34 points – to end France's run of three straight finals defeats.
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