Richard Gasquet gave the first point to France by sweeping the Japanese Taro Daniel in three sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Davis Cup on Friday in Tokyo. Biterrois, 18 the world, easily made respect the hierarchy against the 114th world in 2 hours 2 minutes of play. In the second match, Gilles Simon (24th ) won against Yoshihito Nishioka (85th ), it Also in three innings, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will attempt to qualify France for the quarterfinals on Saturday in the double, a specialty they are n o 1 and n o 2 Global. Their opponents could be Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama, but the captain can change the view to a meeting time.
Gasquet has left little suspense
Gasquet immediately took the measure of this opponent he faced for the first time by breaking from the first game. Solid at the back of the court, he dominated Daniel, a 24 years old Japanese-American player who trains in Spain. The 114th World suffered physically, appearing out of breath from the first hung exchanges.
The French had a bad service game in the middle of the second set which allowed the Japanese back very tentatively the score (3-3). It was too little to maintain any suspense because of the very next play, he took over the opposing engagement and has not had any other breakpoint to defend.
Gasquet raced in the third while offering a few snowshoes to spectators who filled the Ariake Coliseum (10,000 seats) three-quarters. He concluded by securing his seventh break of the match on a double fault of the Japanese.