France upsets Spain at Davis Cup

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, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France - France rode the doubles team of Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra to victory Saturday as it clinched the win over reigning two-time champion Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Benneteau and Llodra took a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5) decision over the Spanish duo of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco in the decisive doubles rubber.

France had grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five matchup Friday thanks to singles wins from Gael Monfils and Llodra.

The resounding victory is France's first over Spain since 1923, which was the first meeting between the two nations. Spain, which was without world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, had been 5-1 all-time versus France.

Early in Saturday's match it looked like Benneteau and Llodra would roll to victory, as they easily captured the first two sets. Lopez and Verdasco battled back and sent the following two sets into a tiebreak, but the Frenchmen ultimately prevailed in a little more than three hours.

France advances to September's semifinals and will meet the Argentina-Russia victor.

Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Monfils against Verdasco and Llodra versus David Ferrer.


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