Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans, top left, and Kimmer Coppejans, top right, return the ball to Canada's Daniel Nestor, center, and Adil Shamasdin during the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal match between Belgium and Canada, in Middelkerke, Belgium, on Saturda
Geert Vanden Wijngaert
July 18, 2015

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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