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Richard Gasquet beats teenager Nick Kyrgios to give France 1-0 lead in Davis Cup

  • France's Richard Gasquet returns the ball to Australia's Nick Kyrgios during their single match, in the first round of the Davis Cup between France and Australia, in La Roche sur Yon, western France, Friday Jan. 31, 2014.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    France's Richard Gasquet returns the ball to Australia's Nick Kyrgios during their single match, in the first round of the Davis Cup between France and Australia, in La Roche sur Yon, western France, Friday Jan. 31, 2014.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • France's Richard Gasquet returns the ball to Australia's Nick Kyrgios during their singles match, in the first round of the Davis Cup between France and Australia, in La Roche sur Yon, western France, Friday Jan. 31, 2014.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    France's Richard Gasquet returns the ball to Australia's Nick Kyrgios during their singles match, in the first round of the Davis Cup between France and Australia, in La Roche sur Yon, western France, Friday Jan. 31, 2014.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia's Nick Kyrgios serves to France's Richard Gasquet during their single match, in the first round of the Davis Cup between France and Australia, in La Roche sur Yon, western France, Friday Jan. 31, 2014.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Australia's Nick Kyrgios serves to France's Richard Gasquet during their single match, in the first round of the Davis Cup between France and Australia, in La Roche sur Yon, western France, Friday Jan. 31, 2014.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

Richard Gasquet had little trouble beating teenager Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-2 to give France a 1-0 lead against Australia in their first-round Davis Cup tie on Friday.

Gasquet, ranked ninth in the world and France's No. 1 player, was a heavy favorite against a player ranked 162nd, but the 18-year-old Kyrgios competed well in a tight first set where neither player offered a chance on their serve.

He broke Kyrgios' serve twice in the second and third sets and clinched victory on his third match point when Kyrgios' backhand down the line landed just wide.

Later, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faced Lleyton Hewitt. The 10th-ranked Tsonga leads the former two-time Grand Slam champion 3-0 in their head-to-heads.