La Roche sur Yon, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Richard Gasquet and Jo-
Wilfried Tsonga were a pair of straight-set winners Friday, as host France
jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead over Australia in a best-of-five opening-
round Davis Cup affair.
The world No. 9 Gasquet grounded promising 18-year-old Aussie Nick Kyrgios 7-6
(7-3), 6-2, 6-2 before the 10th-ranked Tsonga doubled the hosts' lead by
tackling 32-year-old former world No. 1 star Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
(7-2) on the indoor red clay at Vendespace.
The former Australian Open runner-up Tsonga is now 4-0 lifetime against the
two-time Grand Slam champion Hewitt.
Saturday's doubles rubber will pit a French tandem of Julien Benneteau and
Gael Monfils against an Aussie duo of Hewitt and Chris Guccione, while
Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Gasquet against the 41st-ranked Hewitt
and Tsonga versus Kyrgios.
The winner of this best-of-five tie will meet the Germany-Spain victor in
a quarterfinal in April.
Team France is captained by Arnaud Clement, while former No. 1 Patrick Rafter
guides the underdog Aussies.
Australia is 10-4 all-time versus France, but the French won their last
meeting in the 2001 World Group final in Melbourne. They first met way back in
The Aussies are 28-time champions, while the French have captured the Davis
Cup on nine occasions.
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