Davis Cup - Argentina take a 2-1 lead over France

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Davis Cup - Argentina take a 2-1 lead over France

Tennis - Argentina have taken a 2-1 lead over France in their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final tie. Argentine pair David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos defeated the French duo Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 36 76(3) 75 63 after the teams split the singles on the opening day.

France have beaten Argentina the last five times they have met. Argentine captain Martin Jaite commented, "When there is unity in the team, everything works better. (But) we haven’t won anything yet. If we win, we’re going to be a lot happier and if we lose we’ll know we gave everything.” Benneateau was disappointed with the loss, "It’s a tough defeat, at 1-1 the doubles point is loaded.

It’s not easy to digest…They were simply stronger tan us. We know that in doubles things can change very quickly…, They really galvanised themselves (but) they never dominated during the match.”

In Sunday's reverse singles, French no.

1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet Juan Monaco. Gilles Simon, who played on Friday, may be replaced on Sunday. .