Richard Gasquet of France returns the ball against Taro Daniel of Japan during their Davis Cup World Group first round match in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Koji Sasahara
February 03, 2017

TOKYO (AP) Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon gave France a 2-0 lead over Japan after singles victories in a Davis Cup World Group first-round match on Friday.

Simon beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the second singles match after Gasquet overpowered Taro Daniel 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the opener at Ariake Colloseum.

Japan's top-ranked player Kei Nishikori has opted out of the tournament due to a busy schedule.

Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama are scheduled to play Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the doubles on Saturday.

France holds a 3-0 advantage over Japan in Davis Cup head-to-heads.

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