Adrian Mannarino

France advances to Davis Group QFs, Spain to host Germany

Defending champion France advanced to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup after beating the Netherlands 3-1 Sunday for its eighth win in nine matches at home.

Adrian Mannarino won the first reverse singles in Albertville, France, after 4 hours, 20 minutes of an arduous contest against Robin Haase which featured 34 break-point chances.

Mannarino won 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-7 (2), 7-5 and punched the air as the French team celebrated wildly and poured water over Mannarino's head.

The last first-round singles wasn't played as France clinched its World Group quarterfinal spot against host Italy in April.

Fabio Fognini powered Italy to a 3-1 victory...