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Tomas Machac defeats Richard Gasquet on Thursday in Austria.

Vesely faces Mannarino in second match

Tomas Machac sprung a surprise Thursday, defeating Richard Gasquet 7-6(3), 6-2 on his Davis Cup Finals debut to give Czech Republic a 1-0 advantage over France in Innsbruck, Austria.

The World No. 143 rallied from a break down in the first set and committed just seven unforced errors to secure victory after one hour and 36 minutes in their first Head2Head meeting.

“It feels really good,” Machac said. “I am so happy I played today and won today for the Czech Republic. It was a really tough match from the beginning, mentally especially. I am really happy. In the tie-break I played really well without any mistakes. That was the crucial moment.”

Jiri Vesely will be aiming to double Czech Republic’s lead when he plays Adrian Mannarino in the second match of the tie in Group C.

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