Tsonga lifts France to win over Canada|
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - World No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga breezed past
Frank Dancevic on Sunday and sent France to a Davis Cup quarterfinals meeting
with the United States.
Tsonga needed just around two hours to knock off Dancevic 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 and
give France an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie with Canada.
The French, who carried a 2-1 lead into Sunday, will now host a quarterfinal
tie with the United States in April. The Americans completed a surprising 5-0
sweep of Switzerland earlier in the day.
Tsonga's scheduled opponent, Milos Raonic, pulled out of the match because of
knee pain he felt following a doubles loss on Saturday.
Taking his place, Dancevic made 27 unforced errors -- and had the same number
of winners -- while Tsonga fired nine aces and 41 winners against 20 unforced
France's Gael Monfils beat Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4 later Sunday to
give France a 4-1 win in the tie. Monfils replaced Julien Benneteau in the
match, which was shortened to a best-of-three sets per Davis Cup rules.
France owns nine Davis Cup titles, the last coming in 2001, while Canada has
never reached a World Group final. France improved to 2-0 all-time against the
Canadians, with the previous victory coming in Paris in 1966.
02/12 21:16:15 ET