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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet give France 2-0 lead against Israel in Davis Cup


French player Jo Wilfried Tsonga returns the ball to Amir Weintraub of Israel during their match, in the first round of the Davis Cup between Israeli and France, in Rouen, western France, Friday Feb.1, 2013. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere) (The Associated Press)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet won their opening singles Friday to give France a 2-0 lead against Israel in the first round of the Davis Cup.

The eighth-ranked Tsonga defeated Amir Weintraub 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, and Gasquet followed up with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against Dudi Sela.

France can clinch its spot in the quarterfinals if Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra win their doubles against Jonathan Erlich and Sela on Saturday.