France captain Arnaud Clement's choice paid off as Richard Gasquet justified his faith by trouncing top Czech netman Tomas Berdych in straight sets, before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's second match victory gave the hosts a 2-0 lead in Davis Cup semifinals here.
A noisy crowd, big stage and Roland Garros atmosphere could play an important part in France`s Davis Cup semi-final against record-chasing champions Czech Republic, according to old hands Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Radek Stepanek.
Australia`s world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations on Tuesday when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.
Australia have waited in vain for a men`s talent to take the mantle from ageing warrior Lleyton Hewitt, but Rod Laver has cautioned the country not to put too much pressure on bright hope Nick Kyrgios.
Feliciano Lopez proved that there is more than one left-handed Spaniard capable of doing damage at Wimbledon when he beat Richard Gasquet to win the Aegon International grasscourt title at Eastbourne on Saturday.
Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal’s trouble-free passage through the early rounds at the French Open is expected to continue against unseeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the third round on Saturday.