For the third time, Yannick Noah assumes the role of Captain Blues. These numbers for his third term, started in 2016, and could conclude with another Davis Cup in 2018.
Yannick Noah will lead Blues eleven times since returning to the captain's chair in 2016. For now, this success – or almost – since he turns 90% of the winnings he won. He lost only one in ten matches, semi-finals in Croatia in 2016. This third term (2016 – 2018) is currently the most fertile. Between 1991 and 1992 he lost his six-leader meeting (83.3% success). In his second appearance, he lost three times for seven wins (70% success).
Noah targets the fourth title this weekend as a captain. He won one on each of his passes at the forefront of Blues. It would be the first time that it doubled the stake.
Puppy, the basic man
Lucas Pouille was absent from Noah's first match against Canada. Logic: Nordist was then the tenth French ATP (No. 88), and four men of choice were in the top 20 (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon). Once more. In the next game, Pouille saw his first choice and became the man who used the captain most often. He played nine games for six wins. Nicolas Mahut, the second most wanted man, played eight for one defeat.
This is the number of players Noah used to download. He launched four men: Lucas Puglie, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Adrian Mannarino and Benoît Paire. And Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Jeremy Chardy, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut.
Among the players with more than five games at this time Noah is singles and doubles, one lack of call for this finale: Richard Gasquet. Biterrois had to retreat because of puberty.
In five sets of Blues in greenery
Matches played in five sets are often the charm of the Davis Cup. The French played five in three years and lost only one. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost in match 1 against Czech Republic against Lukas Rosol (6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, , 6-4), without any consequences for qualification. Only two times were pushed into five sets, Pouille fled both ways: against Andreas Sepia this year, where he lost the double advantage (6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1) and against Roberto Bautista Agut in half (3-6, 7-6 6-4, 2-6, 6-4).
Blues did not win the match after losing the first two sets. On the other hand, they have never lost after winning the first two rounds.
Goffin, only the top 10
If Marin Cilic does nothing until Friday, the date of the first two singles, the Croatian will be just another player in the top ten who have been facing Blues for three years. David Davide Goffin, and then number seven all over the world, has been a major problem for the French in the last year, wasting his winnings on two singles. At their various courses, Yannick Noah's men could play Tomas Berdych (then number 8), Kei Nishikori (No. 5), Andy Murray (No. 1), Novak Djokovic (No. 6) and Rafael Nadal (No. 1). But they had the benefit of a cessation of renunciation or favorable wounds.
There is only one match in three years (Croatia in 2016, lost by Blues) where all players who played at least one match during the weekend were all members of the first 100 singles.
Thiemo De Bakker was the lowest ranked player who has faced France over the past three years (France – Netherlands 2018).