France and Sweden are locked at 1-1 after the first two singles matches of their Davis Cup World Group first round tie were played in Strasbourg on Friday.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
Strasbourg:France and Sweden are locked at 1-1 after the first two singles matches of their Davis Cup World Group first round tie were played in Strasbourg on Friday. Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Sweden's Joachim Johansson 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, before Thomas Johansson levelled the tie with a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) win over Sebastien Grosjean. The World Group first round tie is level at 1-1, with Saturday's doubles and Sunday's reverse singles matches to come. In the doubles, Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra will team up against Simon Aspelin and Jonas Bjorkman. France last won the Davis Cup in 2001 and lost in the finals the following year at home to Russia. Last year, France lost to Spain in the semi-finals. Sweden and France have met on 11 occasions, with the Swedes winning seven times. The last time the two countries met was in 1996 and on that occasion, France were victorious. (AP)