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Tobias Kamke, in
of the Davis Cup
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Sunday. AP PHOTO
NANCY, France---France rallied from a 2-0 deficit
to beat Germany 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the Davis
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised past Tobias Kamke 6-
3, 6-2, 6-4 to help France even the tie before Gael
Monfils secured the winning point by defeating Peter
Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-2.
France improved to 8-2 against Germany and will
next face the Czech Republic, which routed Japan 5-
0. Tsonga outslugged Kamke by making 45 winners
to 19 for his opponent. The Frenchman jumped to a
3-0 lead in the first set and broke Kamke twice in
the second. Tsonga slapped a forehand winner to
break for a 2-1 lead in the last set before clinching
the victory with an ace.
In the fifth match, Monfils got off to a good start
by winning the first five games. Gojowczyk saved two
break points at 2-2 in the second set. However, Monfils
fired three forehand winners and an ace in the tiebreaker
to go two sets up.
Gojowczyk dropped serve three times in the final
set as Monfils capitalised on an unforced error from
the German to convert his first match point.
On Friday, Kamke beat Julien Benneteau 7-6 (8),
6-3, 6-2, and Gojowczyk outlasted Tsonga 5-7, 7-6
(3), 3-6, 7-6 (8), 8-6 to give Germany a 2-0 lead.
On Saturday, Michael Llodra and Benneteau defeated
Kamke and Andre Begemann 6-1, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5
to cut Germany s lead to 2-1. (AP)
Italy beats Britain 3-2 to
reach Davis Cup semis
NAPLES, Italy---Italy won both singles matches
against Britain in straight sets yesterday to reach
the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 16
Fabio Fognini pulled off a surprise 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
victory over two-time Grand Slam champion Andy
Murray to level the best-of-five quarterfinal at 2-2
before Andreas Seppi defeated James Ward 6-4, 6-
3, 6-4 in the decisive match.
Britain was looking to reach the semifinals for the
first time since 1981 but Fognini was in commanding
form to end Murray s run of 19 consecutive singles
victories in the competition.
Seppi rarely struggled against a player ranked 127
places below him and comfortably served out for the
Italy will play either Switzerland or Kazakhstan in
September s semifinal.
Fognini triumphed in the match between the coun-
tries top players, despite dropping his serve in the
first game. The 13th-ranked Fognini managed to save
two break points but double-faulted to hand Murray
the opening game.
Fognini had the opportunity to break straight back
but hit long and then netted on another break point
as Murray went on to take a 2-0 lead.
In a typically lively Davis Cup atmosphere, British
fans chanted "Fabio, we are in your head," but he was
cheered on by the vociferous home support. (AP)
level at 2-2 in Davis Cup
GENEVA---Stanislas Wawrinka brought Switzer-
land level at 2-2 with Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup
quarterfinals yesterday, rallying to beat Mikhail
Kukushkin in four sets.
Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, never
dropped serve in winning 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to
earn his first point in the series.
Roger Federer was playing the decisive singles match
against 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev, who is unbeaten
Switzerland is aiming for its first Davis Cup semifinal
place in 11 years, cheered on by a raucous 16,000
France beats Germany 3-2
in Davis Cup quarterfinal
crowd at the Palexpo indoor arena.
The winner will play Britain or Italy in Sep-
The third-ranked Wawrinka did not allow
Kukushkin any break points in the match, but the
56th-ranked Kazakh dominated the tiebreaker and
clinched the first set when the Swiss sent a back-
hand return long.
Wawrinka then used service breaks in the fifth
game of the second set and opening game of the
third set to take control. (AP)
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