It’s the week after Davis Cup, and we can look back on the second selection for Nico in the French Davis cup team.
Nico was one of the first team meambers to go to Queens to start the practice on the grasscourts there. It was only weeks ago that He and Pierre-Hugues had won the doublestournament there during the Queens tournament. During the week, he and Jo practiced together, but thursday at the draw was Nico announced as the man to play doubles with Richard Gasquet.
These are two pictures taken during one of the practice days, when Nico practiced with Jo Wilfriend Tsonga.
Friday started the tie with France winning the first point. Gilles Simon won in straight sets over Britains James Ward, giving them the lead in the tie with this strong performance: 6-4 6-4 6-1. Great Britain equalised the score, later that afternoon with Andy Murray taking the win over Jo Wilfried Tsonga: 7-5 7-6 6-2.
Saturday it was Nico’s turn to make the appearance in the french kit, with Jo Wilfried Tsonga as teammate to fight for the third point of the tie. The first set was for the french team, but the Brits came back in the match, and won the next 3 sets: 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-1. A real pity that the level of play from the French dropped after set 1, and never came back for the rest of the match. The disappointment was visible on the French faces, as they were 1-2 behind after day 2. It was all or nothing for the last matchday for them.
The sunday was planned with Andy Murray taking on Gilles Simon for the 4th point, followed by Jo wilfried Tsonga vs James Ward for the last point of this quarterfinal. Gilles Simon played a great match, even won the first set, untill he slipped and seemed to have hurt his knee with the fall. He seemed to be able to continue, played great rallies against Murray, but the second fall, and a hurt ankle pretty much ended the French hopes for a win. In the fourth set wasn’t Gilles able to move any more, and Andy could win the match in four sets: 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0.
Great Britain won over France, and the fifth rubber wasn’t played anymore. It’s the Brits who take on Australia in the semifinals in september. France will be back in the worldgroup of 2016, the draw for next year will be made in september.