Davis Cup: Herbert and Mahut give France 2-1 lead over Italy

April 07, 2018 - 10:42 am

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to give France a 2-1 lead over Italy in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

Herbert and Mahut's constant net rushing proved too much to handle for the Italian pair, which fell apart late in the opening set.

Fognini missed an easy overhead smash and Bolelli served consecutive double faults when Herbert and Mahut broke to take the first set.

The French pair won the 2015 U.S. Open and 2016 Wimbledon titles together while Fognini and Bolelli won the 2015 Australian Open.

Fognini replaced Paolo Lorenzi in Italy's doubles lineup.

In Sunday's reverse singles on the outdoor red clay court, Fognini faces Lucas Pouille and Andreas Seppi meets Jeremy Chardy.

France is aiming for a spot in the last four for the third straight year.

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