Julien Benneteau, Roland Garros 2016

Julien Benneteau and Quentin Halys practiced together on court Lenglen on Friday. Benneteau will face recent Rome semifinalist Lucas Pouille in the first round, while Halys will face Hyeon Chung.

Julien Benneteau

Quentin Halys
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2014 Davis Cup final: Swizerland defeats France

Relive Switzerland‘s 3-1 triumph over France last year:

2014 Davis Cup final in Lille

2014 Davis Cup final

At 1-1 after the first day (see my recap here), I was pretty sure the pair of Tsonga and Gasquet would beat the Swiss, and then Federer would win over Tsonga on Sunday, and the winner of the deciding rubber between Monfils and Wawrinka would offer the Davis Cup to his country. How wrong I was…

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was in fact injured, and Benneteau teamed up with Gasquet to face Federer and Wawrinka.

Guy Forget and Henri Leconte

Guy Forget and Henri Leconte, the heroes of the 1991 Davis Cup final and one of the best Davis Cup doubles pair ever, were honored on court ahead of the match:

Federer/Wawrinka vs Benneteau/Gasquet

As a French supporter this doubles match was a nightmare: Gasquet was totally lost on court, Julien Benneteau did all he could to help Gasquet, and Arnaud Clément was completely useless.
Straight sets victory for the Swiss, with a monster performance by Stan Wawrinka.

Second set Switzerland:

Game, set, match Switzerland:

At 2-1 for the Swiss, I knew it was already over and I would watch Federer’s win over Gasquet on TV. What a disappointment.

2014 Davis Cup final

Swiss Davis Cup

Led once again by an impressive Wawrinka, the Swiss defeat Gasquet and Benneteau 6-3 7-5 6-4. The dream to win a 10th Davis Cup slowly goes away for the French team.

2014 Davis Cup final

2014 Davis Cup final

2014 Davis Cup final

2014 Davis Cup final
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2014 Davis Cup teams presentation

Thanks a lot to Miroslav for sharing his pictures and videos of the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland.

First big moment of this unforgettable weekend: the teams’ presentation and the national anthems on Friday:

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