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France beats Germany to reach Davis Cup semifinals

sports Updated: Jul 09, 2011 19:52 IST
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France secured a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals when Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga swept Saturday's doubles in straight sets to give their team an unassailable 3-0 lead over Germany.

Llodra and Tsonga beat Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4. The French pair dropped serve only once, in the first set but they rallied to win the tiebreaker.

France will play either Spain or the United States. The Spaniards lead 2-0 against the Americans.

France lost to Serbia in last year's final, while Germany was looking to reach its first semifinal since 2007. France improved to 7-2 against Germany and has not lost to its neighbor since 1938.