France, Argentina advance

Updated: July 9, 2011, 3:19 PM ET
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STUTTGART, Germany -- France secured a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals when Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga swept the doubles Saturday in straight sets to give their team an unassailable 3-0 lead over Germany.

Llodra and Tsonga beat Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4. The French pair dropped serve only once, in the first set, but they rallied to win the tiebreaker.

France will play either Spain or the United States. The Spaniards lead the Americans 2-0.

France lost to Serbia in last year's final, while Germany was looking to reach its first semifinal since 2007. France improved to 7-2 against Germany and has not lost to its neighbor since 1938.

Argentina 5, Kazakhstan 0

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco won their singles Saturday to wrap up a 5-0 victory over Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Argentina ran up an insurmountable 3-0 lead on Friday with a victory in doubles.

On Saturday, Chela defeated Evgeny Korolev 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, and Monaco won over Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-1.

Argentina will face either Sweden or Serbia in the semifinals. Argentina has never won the Davis Cup and has finished second three times: 1981, 2006 and 2008.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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