France leads Spain, 2-0

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Lille, France — Benoit Paire over­came nerves to win on his Davis Cup de­but and Lu­cas Pouille won a five-set bat­tle as the pair gave de­fend­ing cham­pion France a 2-0 lead over Spain in the semi­fi­nals on Fri­day.

Paire beat Pablo Car­reno Busta 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 on the in­door hard court at Stade Pierre Mau­roy be­fore France's No. 1 player Pouille de­feated Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

"It's well de­served," France cap­tain Yan­nick Noah said. "Benoit wore out Car­reno Busta then we saw a crazy match, with a lot of un­ex­pected de­vel­op­ments, Lu­cas was fan­tas­tic."

Spain is without top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who was ruled out be­cause of the right knee in­jury that forced him to re­tire from his U.S. Open semi­fi­nal against Juan Martin del Potro last week.

Pouille and Bautista Agut fought for 3 hours, 41 min­utes in the north­ern city of Lille. The French­man was er­ratic at times and sharp at the end. He had 52 win­ners and 87 un­forced er­rors but played the more ag­gres­sive ten­nis in the de­cider, serv­ing ex­tremely well on im­por­tant points. /

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