- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2018

GENOA, Italy (AP) - Without the injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille will face Andreas Seppi to open France’s visit to Italy in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

The 11th-ranked Pouille has a 4-3 record in the Davis Cup and won the decisive match over Belgium’s Steve Darcis in last season’s final.

It will be the first meeting between Pouille and Seppi.

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Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti selected the 62nd-ranked Seppi over Paolo Lorenzi - who is ranked five spots higher - for the second singles spot.

Fabio Fognini will face Jeremy Chardy in the second match of the best-of-five series on outdoor red clay.

In Saturday’s doubles, Simone Bolelli and Lorenzi will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. Reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday.

Tsonga is out following minor knee surgery.

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