Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet won their opening singles in contrasting fashion Friday to give France a 2-0 lead against Israel in the first round of the Davis Cup.
While the eighth-ranked Tsonga had to overcome a sloppy third set to beat Amir Weintraub 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, Gasquet followed up with a far more convincing 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against Dudi Sela.
''It went well today, it wasn't easy as people thought it might be. They're both very good players,'' France captain Arnaud Clement said. ''We're very happy. Richard played very well in the second match.''
Tsonga seemed to be cruising until his shot-making fell apart in the third set, where he made 13 unforced errors as Weintraub broke him twice to get back into the match. Tsonga looked increasingly nervous in the fourth set but was given several reprieves as Weintraub made numerous errors when he went for winners.
Tsonga retrieved two big forehands and earned a match point when Weintraub missed an easy smash, and close...