- Associated Press
Saturday, September 18, 2010

LYON, FRANCE (AP) - France has reached its first Davis Cup final in eight years after securing an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Argentina by winning the doubles.

Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement defeated Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in 2 1/2 hours Saturday to decide the best-of-five tie.

The French will face either the Czech Republic or Serbia in the final Dec. 3-5.

France won the last of its nine Davis Cup titles in 2001 and lost to Russia at home in the 2002 final.

On Friday, Llodra put the French ahead with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Juan Monaco then Gael Monfils served 27 aces in topping David Nalbandian 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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