After two strong singles victory yesterday, the Blues have won twice against Japan in the first round of the Davis Cup. The French pair wins 3-0 and will play the quarterfinals.
France has qualified for the quarter finals of the Davis Cup by beating Japan 3-0 thanks to victory twice Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut on Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama in straight sets 6-3, 6- 4, 6-4, Saturday in Tokyo.
The French will face Canada or Britain, who were tied 1-1 after the first two simple in Ottawa. Friday, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon had given the first two points by beating the Blues Taro Daniel and Yoshihito Nishioka respectively. The two single last Sunday will be played for honor.
Tsonga and Monfils without
Japan was deprived of its unique player of the highest level, Kei Nishikori, the world fifth. France also played without its two top ranked players, Gael Monfils, not selected by the captain Yannick Noah, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, stayed home with his wife who is pregnant.
Mahut and Herbert, world No.1 twice, did respect the hierarchy without suffering too much face Sugita and Uchiyama, both ranked beyond the 200th place in the specialty. The French were superior in all areas, service, volley, return, despite some mistakes Herbert.