Posted February 02, 2013 on AP on Fox
France beat Israel 7-6 (3), 6-1, 6-0 in the doubles on Saturday for an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup first-round match and a place in the quarterfinals. After Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet won their singles on Friday, Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra had little trouble brushing aside Israel's makeshift pairing of Jonathan Erlich and Dudi Sela after a competitive first set. The only danger for France came when Benneteau swiped a forehand from the back of the court that just missed Llodra's head before landing in to give France its first match point. Benneteau missed an easy smash at the net but Llodra's ace on the next point sealed victory. France captain Arnaud Clement may now change his line up for Sunday's reverse singles.
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