Chardy beats Edmund to give France 4-1 win vs. Britain

Julien Benneteau of France celebrate with teammate after defeating Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot of Britain during their doubles Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match between France and Britain at the Kindarena Stadium of Roue

Julien Benneteau of France celebrate with teammate after defeating Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot of Britain during their doubles Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match between France and Britain at the Kindarena Stadium of Rouen, France, Saturday, April 8, 2017.

The doubles was much tighter and Murray and Inglot had chances to win each of the first three sets but instead suffered a narrow 7-6 (9/7) 5-7 7-5 7-5 defeat to end their campaign for another year.

There was a sense that it was a real turning point in the game and the home crowd raised the volume as France looked to turn the screw in the fourth set with some exemplary doubles play, with Mahut at one point successfully getting the ball back into play despite having jumped outside the advertising hoardings.

The victor of the tie will play Great Britain or France in the semi-finals in September.

"We want to make sure that we find a few more players both on the men's and women's side that are playing on the main tour", Smith told BBC Sport. "We appreciate playing for our country, we wish that we get the strongest team and to fight with them".

At 5-4 in the third set, and with Britain serving to stay in the match, Mahut somehow returned two big smashes on the first point.

Continuing its quest for its first Davis Cup championship since 2001, nine-time champion France will host Serbia in the September 15-17th Davis Cup semifinals. "GB [Great Britain] are without their best player".

France took fans on a thrill ride culminating with Les Bleus landing in the Davis Cup semifinals.

In the 2010 final, Troicki defeated France's Michael Llodra, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, in the decisive fifth match to clinch Serbia's first Davis Cup championship. ┬┤They have been a successful team in Davis Cup, many of their players improve in this competition thanks to the federation┬┤ help.

Despite the erroneous impression given by fliers handed out to fans before the second day's play, the International Tennis Federation have indicated they will not cut the mid-tie doubles matches from five to three sets, but they are likely to do so with the singles.

With Great Britain already 1-0 down, 26-year-old Evans - whose indifferent record on clay was a talking point in the build-up to tie - was tasked with turning things around.

Great Britain had their chances.

Djokovic, who missed the Miami Masters because of an elbow injury, beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Friday's singles before Viktor Troicki saw off Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-4 6-3.

The victor faces Belgium or Italy in September.

Italy now trail 2-1 going into Sunday's reverse singles.

The results: Quarterfinals: At Brisbane: Australia 2 leads US 1 [Steve Johnson & Jack Sock bt Sam Groth & John Peers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3].

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