Tennis: Last year's finalists France have taken a 2-0 lead against hosts Germany in the first round tie of the World Cup of the Davis Cup 2015, thanks to Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon's victories. France wasted the opportunity of winning their 10th Davis Cup crown in November last year when they lost to Switzerland in the final at their home, but apparently they are not looking to lose anything now, atleast their start suggests that.
Instead of playing their No.2 player Benjamin Becker in the first match, Germany asked World No.74 Jan-Lennard Struff to go up against the French No.1 Gilles Simon. The German won the crucial third set tie-break to go two sets to one up but Simon forced the match into the decider by taking the fourth set 6-2.
The fifth set was a marathon thriller and it was World No.14 Simon who came out as winner, after taking the fifth set 10-8 and winning the match 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-7(1), 6-2, 10-8 in 4 hours and 24 minutes. The second match should have been more closer, as it was between World No.19 Gael Monfils and World No.28 Philipp Kohlschreiber, but it was Frenchman who came out as winner in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 7-6(4) in just 2 hours and 19 minutes. Also Read: Davis Cup: Andy Murray wins his 20th match for Great Britain, Jams Ward gives 2-0 lead! Also Read: Belgium level 1-1 with Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka less Switzerland