As and beat and Croatian pair france Maintained their Davis Cup final hopes alive.

The hosts won 6-4 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-3) in the .

’s winners were 2-0 down after losing Friday’s singles both.

However, French open doubles champions Mahut and Herbert started the fightback, ensuring that the Davis Cup in its current guise and reducing the deficit will stretch into Sunday.

Victory for Croatia would give them their next Davis Cup crown in the last staging of the team contest prior to the arrangement varies next year.