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France reach Davis Cup final by beating the Czech Republic

France ended the Czech Republic's dominance of the Davis Cup by wrapping up a 3-0 semi-final victory in Paris on Saturday.

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Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga each won their respective singles rubbers on Friday and the duo combined to clinch a 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 triumph against Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych on the Roland Garros clay.

France, who will now contest their first final since 2010, may have had home advantage for the tie, but that should not detract from a superb victory against the Czech Republic - who have won the Davis Cup for the past two years.

The duo of Gasquet and Tsonga served up 16 aces and hit 82 winners, as Stepanek and Berdych's 10-match winning streak as a pairing came to an abrupt halt.

Speaking after the win, a delighted Gasquet said: "I'm very proud and very happy. It's great to win against the Czech Republic. We fought a lot.

"It's a big honour for us to win 3-0 and go to the final. It's a big victory for us."

Tsonga added: "It's for sure one of the best moments in our career to play here in a semi-final and to win on the second day. We always kept the fighting spirit and stayed in the match - we all know the Davis Cup is tough."

France's opponents are still to be decided after Italy won their doubles rubber with Switzerland to ensure the tie was kept alive.

Having fallen behind 2-0 by losing Friday's two singles matches, Italy needed a response and the team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini duly delivered in a five-set thriller that finished 7-5 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-2 over Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka in Geneva.

The epic encounter lasted almost four hours and Fognini is likely to have a quick turnaround as he is set to play Roger Federer in one of Sunday's singles rubbers, although he admits the situation will be reviewed.

"It's still going to be very difficult for us but it's a little less difficult than before," he commented. "It depends if I play tomorrow, we have to decide. I'm a bit tired, but Simone and I always played long matches."

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