France in semis after Tsonga win

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga rallied to beat Jiri Vesely 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5 and earn a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals for France for the second time in three years.

Despite struggling in the match initially, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga came back brilliantly to win it in four sets.   -  AP

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame an early scare to win the opening reverse singles on Sunday to give France a 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Amid increased security following the deadly attack in the French city of Nice, Tsonga rallied to beat Jiri Vesely 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5 and earn a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals for France for the second time in three years.

France will face the United States or Croatia in the semifinals in September. Ahead of the reverse singles, the Americans lead 2-1.

The 10th-ranked Frenchman hit a big passing forehand to gain two break points in the 11th game of the fourth set and closed out the best-of-five series on his first match point on the indoor hard court in the eastern Czech city of Trinec.

The final singles was not played.

France has nine Davis Cup titles, but it last won in 2001. The French have played three finals since, most recently in 2014 when they lost to Switzerland after knocking out the Czechs in the semis.

Wimbledon doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert fought past Lukas Rosol and Radek Stepanek 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Saturday to give France a 2-1 lead.

On Friday, Rosol beat Tsonga in a five-setter, and Lucas Pouille made a victorious Davis Cup debut by beating Vesely in straight sets.