France and USA all all square after the first day of their Davis Cup quarterfinal match that is being played in the Monte Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France.
World no.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga gave France the lead after he beat the 19 year old American Ryan Harrison 7-5 6-2 2-6 6-2. The Frenchman got the most out of his break point chances as he broke his opponent seven times (out of 13), whereas Harrison could only convert four out of his 13 break point opportunities. Tsonga’s heavy hitting resulted in 60 winners and the mission for the day was accomplished.
In the second match, John Isner had the upper hand over the Frenchman Gilles Simon as he didn’t drop a set, winning surprisingly easily 6-3 6-2 7-5 and levelling the quarterfinal tie at 1:1.
Simon got presented with five break point opportunities throughout the match but didn’t take any of them. He could only test Isner in the third set, but after dropping his serve at 5-5, Isner sailed to victory.
Tomorrow’s doubles will feature Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra against the Bryan Brothers.