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France’s Davis Cup final hopes still alive – but Croatia set to win 0

France have kept their Davis Cup final hopes alive as Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Croatian pair Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 6-4 6-4 3-6 7-6(3).

Yannick Noah’s champions had their backs against the wall after losing both Friday’s singles, but Herbert and Mahut reduced the deficit to 2-1 and ensured the last Davis Cup in its present guise will stretch into Sunday.

The odds are still stacked in Croatia’s favour as no team has recovered from 2-0 down to win the trophy since Australia beat the United States in 1939.

But with 26,000 mainly flag-waving French fans set to flock back into the cavernous home of Lille’s soccer club on Sunday, hope still remains.

Sophia

"Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." -- Coco Chanel

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