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01 February 2013

Clement: a great day

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  • Clive White

ROUEN, FRANCE: Arnault Celement was delighted with the days efforts from Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfired Tsonga as his reign as Davis Cup captain began with a confident display in front of a home crowd in Rouen in what he described as "a great day"

World No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dropped a set to Israel's Amir Weintraub in the first rubber of France's opening tie with Israel but overall was happy with his performance. The French No. 1 ran out a 63 63 46 75 winner on what he says is a very fast surface. He found it tough to keep the game under control "it was a really good opener" he said.

Weintraub was a bit disappointed with the last game of the match, he felt he had a good chance to force a tiebreak but he complimented Tsonga on being a great great player.

The Israel said "his first service is a joke, I couldn't do much against that" of Tsonga. Overall he was pleased to take a set from the World No. 8 as he is ranked No. 173.

Gasquet was happy with his victory later in the day and in particular his distinctive backhand which could provide an interesting battle should he meet Weintraub in a live rubber on Sunday.



Captain Arnault Clement (FRA) - 01/02/2013

Richard Gasquet (FRA) - 01/02/2013

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) - 01/02/2013

Captain Eyal Ran (ISR) - 01/02/2013

Dudi Sela (ISR) - 01/02/2013

Amir Weintraub (ISR) - 01/02/2013

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    • Arnaud Clement and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
    • Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Dudi Sela (ISR)Richard Gasquet (FRA)
    • Richard Gasquet (FRA)Dudi Sela (ISR)
    • Israeli fansCaptain Arnaud Clement (FRA)
    • Richard Gasquet (FRA)Michael Llodra (FRA) and Richard Gasquet (FRA)
    • Israeli teamJo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
    • Arnaud Clement and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)Amir Weintraub (ISR)
    • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) and Amir Weintraub (ISR)Amir Weintraub (ISR)

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    Kindarena, Rouen, France

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    Clive White

    Clive started writing about sport at the 1966 World Cup final, since when, he says, it’s been all downhill... for England if not necessarily himself. He joined The Times at 21 before moving to the Sunday Telegraph where he provided worldwide coverage of tennis and football. As ghost writer to John McEnroe for six years, Clive learned that sport, far from being a matter of life and death, was, in fact, much more serious than that.



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