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D Cup: France 3, Germany 0

Posted by gauloises1 on March 7, 2010

Congratulations to la belle France. And I do mean exactly that. They were probably the most attractive squad of any nation playing this weekend and will be picspammed accordingly.

In amongst that lot: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra. Easily the nation with the greatest strength in depth (aside from Spain, obviously), they’ve all too often suffered meltdowns and embarrassing defeats in the past. But it was plain sailing this weekend, after Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled off singles victories against Philipp Kohlschreiber and Benjamin Becker on Friday to put France 2-0 up.

… ably supported from the bench by Gasquet and Gilles, of course:

With Arnaud Clement not on the squad, it was up to Davis Cup debutante Julien Benneteau to partner Michael Llodra in today’s doubles and he was really impressive. Apart from a third-set wobble, the pair fairly cruised against a German pair who never looked like winning.

After they finally closed the match out at 75 in the fourth, the whole team celebrated awesomely. I’ll just let the pictures tell the story …

OK, that was a lot of pictures. But come on, how often do you get to see all these guys so happy? You carry on with your bad selves, Team France. They’ll meet either (probably) Spain or Switzerland next, so they’d better enjoy it while they can …

R1 – G.MONFILS (FRA) def. P.KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)
6-1  6-4  7-6(5)
R2 – J.TSONGA (FRA) def. B.BECKER (GER)
6-3  6-2  6-7(2)  6-3
R3 – J.BENNETEAU / M.LLODRA (FRA) def. C.KAS / P.KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)
6-1  6-4  1-6  7-5

16 Responses to “D Cup: France 3, Germany 0”

  1. kefuoe said

    Such charming boys! Such depth of talent! I’m really happy France was able to put together the right combo for this tie.

  2. whitelinefervor said

    My shirts sometimes do what Jo-Willy’s is doing after I’ve left them hanging in the closet too long. True story.

    p.s. yay

    • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

      shoulder breasts are a hazard for us all.. also.. Benny was a debutant? yowza.
      Hey does anyone remember when Gilles could play tennis.. those were the days hey?

  3. Bismarckas said

    AH HA HA HA. you lot.

  4. linz said

    Oh I love the happy Frenchies. LOVE. I’m sad Gilles and Richie had to bench it for this one though, I prefer when the Muskateers are all together, but I’m happy for Mika and Julien, even if I don’t want to bang them quite as much.

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