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Tsonga, Gasquet put France 2-0 up against ailing Aussies

Published on Feb 1, 2014 3:09 AM

(AFP) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ousted Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets to put hosts France closer to a berth in the Davis Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 lead against Australia on Friday.

Richard Gasquet had given France the first point of the best-of-five tie when he saw off teenager Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 6-2 with Tsonga then stepping up to crush Hewitt 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) at Mouilleron-le-Captif in western France.

World number ten Tsonga had defeated Hewitt, ranked 41, in all their three previous ties and won through in one hour and 51 minutes to give Arnaud Clement's men the chance to finish off the tie in the doubles on Saturday.

Tsonga dominated the first two sets but Hewitt, the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion, fought back in the third before the 32-year-old fell in the tie-break.

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