France completes Davis Cup win over Japan

France wrapped up victory in its Davis Cup first round tie against Japan after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won Saturday's doubles to give the visitors an unassailable 3-0 lead.

France has now won all four of its Davis Cup meetings with Japan

France has now won all four of its Davis Cup meetings with Japan.   -  AP

France wrapped up victory in its Davis Cup first round tie against Japan after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won Saturday's doubles to give the visitors an unassailable 3-0 lead.

The Wimbledon Champions swatted aside Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 after Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon had dominated the opening day's singles in Tokyo on Friday.

Japan has failed to win a single set in three matches in the absence of World No. 5 Kei Nishikori, who opted to sit out the World Group clash.

Gasquet swept past Taro Daniel 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday before Simon overpowered Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to put Yannich Noah's team firmly in the driving seat.

Nine-time winner France has now won all four of its Davis Cup meetings with Japan, who will look to avoid a whitewash in Sunday's dead-rubber reverse singles.

The French will face either Canada or Britain in April's quarterfinals.

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