Gasquet gives France the lead against Croatia in Davis Cup

France's Richard Gasquet returns the ball to Croatia's Borna Coric during the Davis Cup semifinal tennis match between Croatia and France, in Zadar, Croatia, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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ZADAR, Croatia (AP) Richard Gasquet gave France a 1-0 lead over Croatia in the Davis Cup semifinals, winning the opening tie against Borna Coric in straight sets on Friday.

Gasquet, who found out he would play in singles after Gael Monfils left the injury-hit France team on Wednesday, was in complete control and prevailed 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-1, limiting his mistakes to just 13 unforced errors.

Gasquet improved his singles record to 12-8.

Lucas Pouille, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist last month, takes on 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the second match.

France is without Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who have both been ruled out by knee problems.