Davis Cup: France takes 2-0 lead over Japan

February 3, 2017
Gilles Simon of France, left, celebrates with French team members after winning over Yoshihiko Nishioka of Japan during their Davis Cup World Group first round tennis match in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)Gilles Simon

TOKYO (AP) — Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon gave France a 2-0 lead over Japan after singles victories in a Davis Cup World Group first-round match on Friday.

Simon beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the second singles match after Gasquet overpowered Taro Daniel 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the opener at Ariake Colloseum.

Japan’s top-ranked player Kei Nishikori has opted out of the tournament due to a busy schedule.

Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama are scheduled to play Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the doubles on Saturday.

France holds a 3-0 advantage over Japan in Davis Cup head-to-heads.