Davis Cup: after a bad start, the Blues overthrow the Czech Republic

Captain Sébastien Grosjean presented his French team as a mixture “of youth and experience”. After the first day of the group stage, Thursday 25 November, the result is mixed. The Blues won without glory against the Czech Republic (2-1) in Innsbruck (Austria), but retain their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals. And that is the essential point.

Called in place of Hugo Gaston, Richard Gasquet (35) fell to Tomas Machac, 143rd in the world (7-6 [3], 6-2). A defeat that could not be more logical for a disoriented Biterrois who has, by his own admission, “really lost confidence after the first set”. “This has rarely happened to me”, underlined Gasquet after the meeting. The observation is cruel for the last of the Musketeers, who confided not having “level” : “experience is not all […] The level was not good today. ” To see Gasquet again for the rest of the competition would be a little surprise.

Adrian Mannarino appeared lighter and more relaxed on the court. Seriously, he took the measure of Jiri Vesely, 82nd in the ATP ranking. Despite a first round lost on a completely missed tie-break, the 71st player in the world, preferred to Arthur Rinderknech, won over time. Two winning sets (6-7[1], 6-4, 6-2) allowed him to earn a point in his selection.

Winners of the ATP Finals last Sunday, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut took a long time to get under way against Zdenek Kolar and Jiri Lehecka. Beaten in the first set, they, like Adrian Mannarino, rectified the shot thereafter. Until winning rather easily (3-6, 6-4, 6-3).

This victory keeps the French team alive in this group C. But it will be necessary to do at least as well against Great Britain, Saturday November 27 from 10 am. The stake will then be to win to ensure qualification. Not an easy task against a selection led by Cameron Norrie (12th world) and Daniel Evans (25th).

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