Liege, Belgium (SportsNetwork.com) - David Goffin was the hero on Sunday, as he captured a fifth and deciding rubber to send host Belgium past defending champion Switzerland and into July's Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The Swiss stayed alive in the best-of-five tie when 344th-ranked Henri Laaksonen defeated world No. 102 Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in the first reverse singles rubber on Day 3, but the hosts managed to prevail in the final match when Goffin eased past little-known 321st-ranked Swiss Adrien Bossel 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 in Liege.
Belgium won 3-2 to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in eight years, at which time it will battle Canada.
The Belgians moved ahead of the Swiss with a doubles win by Ruben Bemelmans and Niels Desein on Saturday, this after the two nations split Friday's opening singles, with victories coming from Laaksonen and Darcis.
Switzerland won last year's Davis Cup with Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka leading the way. The two Grand Slam champions, however, were not part of the country's title defense this weekend.
The highest-ranked player in this week's tie was Goffin, the world No. 21 who did not play the first two days as he had to battle back and rib injuries.
Belgium is now 4-4 all-time versus Switzerland in Davis Cup action.