An away tie against Finland was a tough task for the Belgian team that travelled with a strong squad albeit in shaky form. David Goffin as the best player has been struggling immensely since returning from a knee injury and it was only here that he was able to score some impressive wins. Those victories proved crucial in the 3-2 victory.
Goffin defeated Ruusuvuori 6-4 6-2 to force the decider and it was Zizou Bergs that delivered against Virtanen 6-4 6-0. It was a relief for Goffin who desperately needed some big wins that would give him confidence. Following the win he said:
"It was a very good match from the start. It was the first time in my career that I’ve played a singles match after a doubles match. It was not easy to refocus, especially against a very good player, but I was feeling great. I played better and better and I finished well”.
His teammate Bergs added:
"I’ve been dreaming of Davis Cup ever since I’m young when I saw the guys playing on TV. This is why I play tennis, this is what I want to do. So a lot of fear came with this match. The week before I was nervous because I knew this could happen, that I would have to play the tie at 2-2. I’m super happy that I handled it very well”.