Tsonga defeats Monaco to level Davis Cup tie with Argentina

Associated Press

4/7/2013 11:51:11 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France easily defeated Juan Monaco of Argentina to level their Davis Cup quarterfinal at 2-2 and force a deciding singles between Carlos Berlocq and Gilles Simon.

Simon picked up a back injury in Friday singles, but was expected to play.

Argentina took a 2-1 lead by winning the doubles on Saturday, but Tsonga overpowered Monaco 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to silence the home crowd at Parque Roca on the outskirts of the Argentine capital. Tsonga converted six of seven breakpoints in the match for his fourth victory in four matches against Monaco.

France has won all five of its Davis Cup matchups with Argentina. The winner this time will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals later this year.