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France moves into Davis Cup semis



Stuttgart, Germany (Sports Network) - France has advanced to the semifinals of the Davis Cup after the doubles team of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra rolled to a straight-set win Saturday over the German duo of Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner.

Tsonga and Llodra earned a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4 victory to give the French an insurmountable 3-0 lead in their best-of-five tie. Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet had won singles matches on Friday to stake the visitors to an early 2-0 advantage.

The French will play the winner between the United States and Spain in the semifinals. The Spaniards, with a win, would host France in September, while the French would welcome the United States if the Americans can rally from a 2-0 deficit.

France improved to 7-2 all-time against Germany in Davis Cup play, including a first-round win last year. The French rode that momentum to whitewashes of both Spain and Argentina before losing to Serbia in the Davis Cup final.

Germany was trying for its first semifinal berth since 2007.

The French have won nine Davis Cup titles, the last coming in 2001.

07/09 10:29:52 ET