In a display of total mastery on the tennis court, Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulverized the Spanish doubles duo of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco to bring their nation back on track in the Davis Cup World Group semifinal, after going 2-0 down on Day 1 of the competition. In a ruthless exhibition of power and precision, the French pair dropped just 3 games en route to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 win in an hour and thirty nine minutes. Having registered a point for themselves, France captain Guy Forget will look to rally his men and overturn the deficit in order to reach the title round for the second year in a row.
Lopez and Verdasco may not have been favorites going into the rubber, but were certainly no pushovers, considering that they had won three of their last four Davis Cup matches as a team. But the French pair completely annihilated the Spaniards, never really allowing them to find their feet on home soil. Tsonga with his monster serve and Llodra with his finesse at the net, tore apart their opponents in the opening set, and raced to a 5-0 courtesy two breaks, one of them to love. Lopez finally got his team on the scorecard, but by then the set was beyond their grasp, as the French took it 6-1.