Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Davis Cup: France leads Britain 2-0 in quarterfinals

Great Britain's Kyle Edmund lost to France's Lucas Pouille in straight sets in the first singles match of their Davis Cup quarter-final in Rouen.

Lucas Pouille, French team's leading player with the highest ATP ranking (17), will curtain up Friday's singles matchup against British Kyle Edmund.

With world No1 Andy Murray injured Great Britain will be without their most potent weapon, responsible for 14 of their 20 singles victories since returning to the World Group in 2014, when the tie gets underway on the indoor clay courts of Rouen on Friday.

Britain are without world number one Andy Murray, who is recovering from an elbow injury.

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France will be without its two best players, with No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 11 Gael Monfils both ruled out. If someone gets on top of him, he tends to go away very quickly and he did that in the third set.

"There is no really a leader in the team, we will all give our maximum to win points, " top-ranked player of this week's France Davis Cup team Pouille said, reveals L'Equipe.

Pouille, who won one of his three Tour finals previous year and made the Wimbledon quarterfinals, pressed his advantage and broke Edmund in the first service game of the second set. We've been doing a lot of video work. "I am very happy with the way I played".

"I can't tell you what I saw, in terms of (their) strengths and weaknesses, but it's going to be a very close contest".

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Edmund, who hadn't played on clay for nine months, since he last led the way in Murray's absence in victory over Serbia last summer, struggled to cope with Pouille's drop shots.

A couple of miles up the Seine from where the Brits burnt Joan of Arc at the stake there only looked one victor in yesterday's exchanges, although Edmund did forge a couple of openings against French number one Lucas Pouille. Pouille, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open a year ago, was more decisive in the rallies, hitting 30 winners compared to 20 for Edmund. World No. 6 Milos Raonic, who rarely plays in the Davis Cup and once described himself as "the chief executive officer of Milos Raonic tennis", is surely the ultimate example. "Jeremy's new but he has nothing to lose".

After losing the first five games he dug in and at least made a match of it but his 6-2 6-3 6-3 loss made it the first time since defeat by Argentina in 2008 that Britain have failed to win a set on the opening day.

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