With two defeats in two games against Germany (2-1) on Wednesday then Australia (2-1) on Thursday in Hamburg, France sees its chances of qualification receding in the group stage of the Davis Cup. The day had however started well for the men of Sébastien Grosjean, Richard Gasquet (79th player in the world) securing the first point against Jason Kubler (97th) with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Arrived as a reinforcement as the fifth man of the French team last week, Gasquet delivered his best tennis, immediately breaking Kubler in the first set and threatening him on all his services, even if he struggled to conclude the second. set (five missed match points). Adrian Mannarino (47th) not aligned, it was Benjamin Bonzi (53rd) who returned the mission to bring back the second point synonymous with victory.
Like the day before, during his defeat against the German Jan-Lennard Struff (132nd), Bonzi got off to a bad start. Like the day before, when he failed to convert two match points, he will be able to harbor regrets, missing several double break points after putting Alex de Minaur (22nd) in great difficulty in the third set.
Second decisive double in two days
Dominated in the long exchanges with the French, led 4 games to 2, the Australian was able to hold on to finally win 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. France therefore had to play a second decisive double in two days after that against Germany. The French pair made up like Wednesday of Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech were quickly put in difficulty by Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.
Winners against the Belgian double on Tuesday, the two Australians, rarely worried about their services, won in two sets 6-4, 6-4, without having had a single break point to save. With this second defeat, after that against Germany on Wednesday (2-1), France is not mathematically eliminated but its chances are very low in this pool C.
A victory for Germany against Belgium on Friday (from 2 p.m. Paris time) would end the last chances of qualification for the French team, which plays against Belgium on Saturday.