Really Nothing To Fear?

Facing private Australian team of its main asset, France leave great favorite of the first round of Davis Cup to be held in the Mouilleron-Captive, on clay.But however beware of overconfidence …

And if the fate of the first round of Davis Cup between France and Australia was played there a little fortnight in Melbourne?

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Decreased by painful groin, Bernard Tomic had been forced to put their thumbs after losing the first set against the eventual finalists of the event, Rafael Nadal. After some tests, the doctors had then determined that the problem came from the hip of the player, who repeatedly exposed to this type of injury, with a risk of worsening at that. Consequently, despite his desire to play the number 1 Australian had to resort to an operation, synonymous three-month absence and, therefore, to plan for the movement of its selection Mouilleron-the Captive. A blow to Patrick Rafter which inevitably changes the game a meeting to which the French were already figure favorites, status obviously reinforced by this package.

“There are always surprises in Davis Cup for us to avoid that there is one this weekend.Arnaud Clement”

Is that a reason many consider qualification as already acquired? Obviously, good road captain, Arnaud Clement urges caution: “There is a big difference on paper, but it must be put into perspective. Australia has a lot of experience, energy, youth and carefree. Its young are exploding. This is not a team to take lightly. There are always surprises in Davis Cup for us to avoid that there is one this weekend. “Starting with this Friday, opening with a duel between Richard Gasquet and young Nick Kyrgios a priori very unbalanced. In terms of ranking, first, because the French advanced to 9th while his opponent emerges at the 162nd place of the world ranking. In terms of experience, also, since the young Aussie 18 will play this only the second single of his career Davis Cup occasion. Even the first since his only previous had ended by abandoning Michal Przysiezny after five games (4-1).

“I must show Lleyton it will be very difficult for him to beat me here.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga”

And as an experienced player is forearmed, Gasquet can finally rely on the example of Benoit Paire, who won Kyrgios the 2nd round of the Australian Open after leading two sets to nothing … (6-7 , 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2). The sign at the same time it must be wary of this talented and promising player, but the distance of five sets can be a real stumbling block for him on the physical plane. If all goes well for Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will have an opportunity to make a difference against Lleyton Hewitt in what promises to be the pivotal match of the first round. Manceau not ignorant indeed the danger posed by the former World No. 1 and its unalterable fighting spirit, even if it leads him to face three hits zero (without losing a single set). A significant psychological advantage for number 2 tricolor, who said Thursday after the draw: “I have to show Lleyton it will be very difficult for him to beat me here in France.” Earth clay, which is really not the cup of tea of ​​the Australian, will also be a favorable element ambitions Tsonga.

That Alongside Benneteau To Double?

If all goes well, the Blues should therefore address twice Saturday in a strong position. An advantage that is not luxury as the choice of Arnaud Clement to dispense with Michael Llodra leaves wide open the site. For now, the French pair announced consists of Gael Monfils and Julien Benneteau. But it seems unlikely that the first argument. In its place, Tsonga and his three wins in three Davis Cup doubles played seem to offer more guarantees. Even the prospect of Manceau play three games in three days would disappear if the two could provide the decisive point for El Tri. And if that was not the case on Sunday, Clement would always wildcard Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon favorite in his sleeve. For him, anyway: “For Friday, my choice was obvious. But all options remain possible for Saturday and Sunday. “All but one leading to a defeat, of course .