TOKYO, Japan -- France is through to the Davis Cup quarterfinals after a superb display by Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who took out Japan's Japan’s Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama in the doubles rubber.
The 2016 French Open doubles champions won in straight sets 63 64 64, giving France 3-0 lead after Richard Gasquet's and Gilles Simon's respective wins over Taro Daniel and Yoshihito Nishioka on Friday.
"Davis Cup match is never easy," said Mahut. "They expect us to win this one. We won in three sets and well, it was not our best match but it's Davis Cup. It's a lot of pressure. Well, we're happy to win in three sets."
The fourth and fifth rubbers will now become dead rubbers.
France will face the winner of Canada and Great Britain in the quarterfinals in April.