Germany tightens final score, but France advances in Davis Cup

Nicolas Mahut of France plays the ball during his Davis Cup match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.



Germany won the reverse singles on Sunday but France went through to the Davis Cup quarterfinals and a match against Britain with a 3-2 victory.

With France holding an unbeatable 3-0 lead after Saturday’s doubles, the reverse singles were reduced to best-of-three sets in the dead rubbers.

Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the first match on Sunday and Davis Cup newcomer Jan-Lennard Struff defeated Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (6), 6-3.

The quarterfinals are July 17-19.