France finishes off Israel en route to Davis Cup QFs

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Updated: February 3, 2013

France added a pair of reverse singles
victories on Sunday to finish off a 5-0 sweep of helpless Israel in an
opening-round Davis Cup tie.

An uneventful Day 3 saw Michael Llodra handle Noam Okun 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) and
world No. 10 Richard Gasquet cruise past Amir Weintraub 6-4, 6-3 on an
indoor hardcourt at Rouen’s Kindarena.

The French clinched the tie on Saturday when their doubles tandem of Llodra
and Julien Benneteau topped an Israeli pairing of Jonathan Erlich and Dudi
Sela in straight sets.

France opened a 2-0 lead following Friday’s opening singles action thanks
to wins from top-10 stars Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gasquet.

The French improved to 4-0 all-time against Israel. The nine-time Davis Cup
champs haven’t lifted the trophy since 2001 and will next meet Argentina in
April’s quarterfinals. The Argentines clinched their tie Saturday against
Germany.