LILLE, France (AP) — Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead against France in the Davis Cup final.
Wawrinka started strong, and overcame a second-set lapse by regaining control of the opening singles with an aggressive display that paid off.
Wawrinka, who scored 25 points at the net, sealed the match on his first match point with a winning volley.
The second singles will pit Roger Federer and his bad back against Gael Monfils at Pierre Mauroy Stadium.
Switzerland is bidding for its first Davis Cup title, while France is seeking its 10th. This is the 13th meeting between the teams, with France leading 10-2.