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France advances to Davis Cup quarterfinals

Davis Cup favourites France whitewashed Australia 5-0 to book their place in the quarter-final of the competition. The hosts dropped just one set in their five matches at Vendespace, La Roche sur Yon on the red clay surface.

Richard Gasquet gave France their first point following a 7-6(7-3) 6-2 6-2 victory over Nick Kyrgios. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also had little trouble on Friday as he saw off Australia's highest seeded player Leyton Hewitt 6-3 6-2 7-6(7-2).

Hewitt won the Brisbane International last month which was his first tournament win since 2010, however, he was no match for the world number 10 who was inspired by his home crowd.

Gasquet and Tsonga teamed up to seal the victory on day two as they defeated Hewitt and doubles specialist Chris Guccione over four sets. They lost the opening set 7-5 but then won the next three to gain the point France needed to make it into the next round.

With the result already wrapped up, Julien Benneteau and Gael Monfils were both given appearances on the final day. Benneteau beat the lowest ranked player across the two teams Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-1 in a two sets match, while Monfils followed on court to defeat Kyrgios 7-6(7-5) 6-4.

France will now meet Germany in the quarter-final in April where they will be at home once again and start as favourites with Betfair. They still head the tennis betting to win the Davis Cup for the first time since 2001.

Germany made it through to the last eight after putting out Spain 4-1 in Frankfurt where the result was also sewn up on day two to reward Betfair backers. Spain were without Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer but did include Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.

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