France take 2-1 lead in Davis Cup

The world's top men's doubles pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert put France 2-1 ahead of the Czech Republic in their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final yesterday.

Wimbledon champions Mahut and Herbert beat Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in just over three hours.

Mahut and Herbert took only 25 minutes to cruise through the opening set on the hardcourt of the Werk Arena in the eastern Czech steel hub of Trinec.

In today's reverse singles, Czech Jiri Vesely is due to face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before Rosol takes on Lucas Pouille.

The winners of the tie will face either the United States or Croatia in the semi-finals.

On Friday, Jack Sock rallied to stun world No. 12 Marin Cilic 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and put the United States on the road to a 2-0 lead over Croatia in their quarter-final tie. - AFP.

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