France join Swiss in last-8

Germany, Japan also in quarters

Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's unexpected partnership in the doubles allowed France to gain an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Australia on Saturday and join Switzerland and Germany in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup. 

France captain Arnaud Clement sprung a surprise when he picked Gasquet and Tsonga ahead of doubles specialist Julien Benneteau for the third rubber but the gamble paid off as the French duo beat Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione 5-7 7-6(7-4) 6-2 7-5. 

The result allowed France to wrap up the World Group first round tie with a day to spare and they will face Germany in the last eight in April after Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber edged past Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero 7-6(7-5) 6-7(9-11) 7-6(9-7) 6-3 in the doubles to go 3-1 up.

In Novi Sad,  a second-string Serbian team were swept aside 3-0 by Switzerland. A day after putting Switzerland 2-0 ahead, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka leapt to their feet in celebration as Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 7-6(7-3) 3-6 7-6(7-2) 6-2. 

The United States kept their fading 2014 title hopes alive when the world's number one doubles duo, Mike and Bob Bryan, beat Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-1 to trim Britain's overall lead to 2-1 on the red clay in San Diego.

James Ward pulled off a shock singles win over Sam Querrey on day one to give Britain an unexpected 2-0 lead after Murray had crushed Donald Young, the replacement for the injured John Isner, in straight sets.

Champions the Czech Republic need to win only one of Sunday's reverse singles after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek gave them a 2-1 lead with a 7-5 1-6 7-6(7-2) 7-6(7-4) win over Dutchmen Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer. 

Belgium, trailing 2-0 after the singles, made sure their tie against Kazakhstan would be alive on the final day after Olivier Rochus and Ruben Bemelmans secured a four-set win over Mikhail Kukushkin and Evgeny Korolev. 

Italy nosed 2-1 ahead against Argentina after Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli hitback to defeat Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 6-7(8-10) 7-6(8-6) 7-6(7-3) 6-4.   Japan sailed into the quarterfinals for the first time with a 4-1 victory against an injury-plagued Canada on Sunday.

Results (Round I): Japan bt 7-Canada 4- 1; 1-Czech Republic lead Netherlands 2-1; Germany bt 3-Spain 3-1; 5-France bt Australia 3-0; Britain lead 6-US 2-1; Italy lead 4-Argentina 2-1; 8-Kazakhstan lead Belgium 2-1; Switzerland beat 2-Serbia 3-0. 

Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi? Who will win the battle royale of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Get real-time news updates, views and analysis on Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on Deccanherald.com/news/lok-sabha-elections-2019 


Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram with #DHPoliticalTheatre for live updates on the Indian general elections 2019.

Liked the story?

  • 0

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 0

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 0

    Angry