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Mannarino earns spot in Davis Cup

Reuters
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Holders France qualified for the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup when stand-in player Adrian Mannarino earned them a 3-1 unassailable lead against the Netherlands on Sunday despite Les Bleus being without their two best players because of injuries.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille both withdrew injured and France were trailing 1-0 after the opening singles on Friday when Mannarino, who was called up at the last minute, lost to Thiemo De Bakker in Albertville.

However Richard Gasquet levelled with a commanding win against Robin Haase before Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert won Saturday's doubles.

Mannarino came back from a set down against Haase to clinch the decisive point with a 4-6 7-6(6) 7-5 6-7(2) 7-5 victory on Sunday to set up a last-eight tie with Italy, victors over Japan in Morioka.

France were joined in the last eight by Spain after they beat Britain 3-1 in Marbella despite Cameron Norrie's best efforts against Albert Ramos-Vinas in a 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(4) 6-2 defeat for the world number 114.

Norrie had beaten world number 23 Roberto Bautista-Agut in the opening singles on Friday but Spain were a cut above their opponents as they set up a quarter-final meeting with Germany, who defeated Australia 3-1, in April.

"I can't speak highly enough of what Cam has done all weekend," Britain's captain Leon Smith said.








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