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Davis Cup: Belgium reaches semis for first time since 1999

Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans, right, and Kimmer Coppejans celebrate winning a point during the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal match against Canada's Daniel Nestor and Adil Shamasdin, in Middelkerke, Belgium, on Saturday July 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

OSTEND, Belgium (AP) — Belgium reached the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 1999 when Ruben Bemelmans and debutant Kimmer Coppejans won the doubles for an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Canada on Saturday.

Bemelmans and his fifth different partner in Davis Cup, Coppejans, beat Daniel Nestor and Canada’s own newcomer, Adil Shamasdin, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 1/2 hours on clay.

Their win followed the opening singles victories by Steve Darcis and David Goffin on Friday against a Canada team which came to the quarterfinal without injured top-30 players Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil.

In the semis in September, Belgium will host Argentina, which beat Serbia 3-0 in Buenos Aires.

They will meet for the first time since 1948.

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