Davis Cup: Herbert and Mahut give France 2-1 lead over Italy

Davis Cup: Herbert and Mahut give France 2-1 lead over Italy

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-Four, 6-Three, 6-1 for France to guide Italy 2-1 within the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

Herbert’s and Mahut’s fixed web dashing proved an excessive amount of to deal with for the Italian pair, which fell aside late within the opening set.

Fognini missed a straightforward overhead smash and Bolelli served consecutive double faults when Herbert and Mahut broke to take the primary set.

The French pair gained the 2015 U.S. Open and 2016 Wimbledon titles collectively whereas Fognini and Bolelli gained the 2015 Australian Open.

Fognini changed Paolo Lorenzi in Italy’s doubles lineup.

In Sunday’s reverse singles on the out of doors red-clay courtroom, Fognini faces Lucas Pouille, and Andreas Seppi meets Jeremy Chardy.

“Hopefully the boys can get the job accomplished within the singles,” Herbert mentioned. “It is going to be an incredible match with Lucas and Fognini.”

Defending champion France is aiming for a spot within the final 4 for the third straight 12 months.

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