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Pouille puts France 2-0 up against Spain in Davis Cup semi-final

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By ITN News Editor September 15, 2018 12:56

Pouille puts France 2-0 up against Spain in Davis Cup semi-final

Benoit Paire and Lucas Pouille earned contrasting triumphs as champions France took a grip on their Davis Cup World Group semi-final against Spain on Friday (September 14).

Paire made a remarkable Cup debut for France, outplaying an injured Pablo Carreno-Busta 7-5 6-1 6-0 in the opening rubber at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.After Paire had breezed to victory in less than two hours, French No.1 Pouille, back where he won the winning point for his country in last year’s final, battled from a set down to beat Roberto Bautista Agut in a classic five-setter 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 2-6 6-4 in three hours 41 minutes.Pouille was a set down and blew a 5-2 lead, with Bautista Agut saving five set points, but he came back from a mini-break down to win the tiebreak.The Frenchman raced through the third set but though the more attacking player, he was far more erratic too. He mixed 52 winners and 87 unforced errors in contrast to Bautista Agut’s less spectacular solidity which dragged the pair into a decider.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 15, 2018 12:56
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