VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau beat Daniel Nestor of Toronto and Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Saturday to give France a 2-1 lead over Canada in their Davis Cup match.
Before the match, Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau replaced Vasic Pospisil with the hard-hitting Raonic, a winner over Benneteau in the second singles match Friday.
On Sunday in the reverse singles, Raonic will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Pospisil will play Benneteau. Tsonga beat Pospisil on Friday.
Canada is playing its first match at the World Group level in eight years.