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Summary

  1. Watch round-up coverage of every Davis Cup tie
  2. France beat Great Britain 3-0 with a day to spare to seal semi-final place
  3. GB's Jamie Murray & Dominic Inglot beaten by Nicolas Mahut & Julien Benneteau in doubles rubber
  4. France pair won 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 7-5
  5. Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund lost singles matches on Friday

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By Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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France 3-0 GB

Congratulations to France - they've reached the Davis Cup semi-finals with an unassailable 3-0 victory in Rouen.

There will still be some tennis tomorrow, with Dan Evans taking on Lucas Pouille and Kyle Edmund playing Jeremy Chardy, but those matches will be best of three, rather than five.

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'Without Andy, GB will struggle'

France 3-0 GB

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Two

You put Andy Murray into the equation and the odds are you win two singles and possibly the match.

GB are without their best player. Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans fought well at times but there is still a way to go, particularly for Dan Evans.

Our doubles team is a word class side but France were better. The bottom line is now, we're a world group team - without Andy, against the top teams, GB will struggle.

Andy Murray after GB won the Davis Cup
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'We want to bring trophy to France'

France 3-0 GB

France's victorious doubles pair of Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau have been speaking to BBC Sport's Jamie Baker.

Julien Benneteau:  "We did not have a lot of opportunities to break them. We waited for it. We still believed in the comeback and the way we found the key to return well. 

"Sine we had opportunities to break I think it was a different game. Doubles in the Davis Cup, even on clay, was a different game.

Nicolas Mahut: "We haven't won this competition since 2001. We are still competing without big names. It's my first time to play at home and it was a great tie. We wish to play the final and bring back the trophy to France."

France 3-0 GB

GB had moments in that doubles match, particularly that first set tie-break, but like Kyle Edmund yesterday, they couldn't grab those key points.

They were also up against a pair who have been playing with one another since they were 11, and winning silverware since 1999. It was a genuinely entertaining battle, but that's GB's Davis Cup over this year.

The two teams shake hands at the end of the match
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'France played the best on big points'

France 3-0 GB

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Two

Great Britain had their chances. It was a fantastic doubles match but the French team played best on the big points,

Nicolas Mahut in particular was absolutely magnificent today.

He had that air about him that he was going to win the match at whatever cost.

Jamie Murray was superb throughout today and hardly missed a volley.

France take unassailable 3-0 lead

France win with a day to spare as Mahut/Benneteau take doubles in 4 sets A 5th SF in 8 yrs for France 1st time in 3 yrs GB don't make last 4

France 3-0 Great Britain. That's the overall story.

A wonderful doubles match, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot played wonderfully in that doubles match, but they were up against a formidable pair. Nicolas Mahut in particular was wonderful.

France reach Davis Cup semi-finals

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 7-5 GB

France captain Yannick Noah is running around all over the place. It's a brilliant moment for them, and they're loving every moment.

It's more subdued on the GB bench, but they can be proud of that performance. An utterly enthralling doubles match.

Jamie Murray shakes hands with Leon Smith
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Game, set and match to France

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 7-5 GB

And that's it! France go long to bring up the advantage, before GB get up to the net again. Back and forth, and then Jamie Murray spoons the ball into the net - France are into the Davis Cup semi-final!

GB save first match point

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 6-5 GB*

France are just two points away from the match - and Nicolas Mahut brings up one of them with a beautiful shovel down the line! Glorious placement - and that's match point!

Jamie Murray takes his time, and he and Inglot are up to the net. Fast, furious hitting from all four players - and GB will save the match point!

Deuce

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 6-5 GB*

Mahut is pumped up as he draws the points level on 15-15 with a ferocious backhand. There's some lovely work at the net though from Jamie Murray, tiptoeing forward to meet the volleys.

Good work from the Brits, dealing with everything France fire their way, but Benneteau and Mahut are dancing around the baseline. It's deuce!

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 6-5 GB*

A Mexican wave ripples around the court as Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot make their way back on court. The Brits are serving again to stay in this Davis Cup tie.

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 6-5 GB*

France take an early point before Benneteau floats his backhand into the net. 

A cracking return from Jamie Murray, a low punch that Benneteau sends wide, but the Frenchman responds with a fine, fierce body serve. In fact he repeats that body serve three times - and it comes off perfectly every time. France hold.

French doubles team
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*France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 5-5 GB

Speedy from GB to hold their serve - five games all after half-an-hour. Dan Evans puts his head in his hands as he watches on.

What a shot!

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 5-4 GB*

Nicolas Mahut has just played a shot from outside the advertising hoardings! Wow! 

Dominic Inglot battered in his serve, Mahut was chasing and went over the boards as he returned, then ended up almost in the stands as he returned the shot. Ridiculously good effort.

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 5-4 GB

Quiet talks for both sets of players, but this is it. Dom Inglot and Jamie Murray are serving to keep GB in the Davis Cup. France are a game away.

Yannick Noah
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France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 5-4 GB*

Oops. Jamie Murray goes for the big forehand but the ball plinks off the bottom of the racquet and ends up flying into the crowd. Another aggressive service game from Nicolas Mahut as he holds to love.

*France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 4-4 GB

Jamie Murray with a lovely dink shot at the net. It looked an awkward return but the French duo were nowhere near it. Whatever works.

Great Britain are playing this game very tight to the net and it's working. Nicolas Mahut sends a relatively simple return wide.

And Jamie Murray has settled back down now. He serves out the game as GB level things up in the third set.

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 4-3 GB*

Great Britain are battling hard out there but Julian Benneteau's service game is too strong and he fires another ace down court to wrap up the game.

And France are now within just two games of seeing out this tie.

Julian Benneteau celebrates
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*France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 3-3 GB

A grunt of frustration from Nicolas Mahut as he twice gives his backhand too much dip and it only finds the bottom of the net.

Everyone is looking weary now - apart from the fabulous band in the stands - and Mahut nets yet again as GB hold.

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 3-2 GB*

Twice, GB seem to have the edge over France, and twice, France pull it back. Mahut's serve has been excellent all game and he's not letting up now. He pumps his fist towards the crowd as he holds with a whippy serve.

*France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 2-2 GB

Back to Jamie Murray's serve, and a lovely slice as Murray's on the move completely befuddles France. In fact, it confuses Murray - he was looking in the opposite direction as he struck the ball. Two games all.

Jamie Murray
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France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 2-1 GB*

What. A. Rally. Every shot under the sun, overheads and volleys, before Julien Benneteau has the say in matters with a furiously-smashed forehand winner. These two sides really have been well matched.

*France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 1-1 GB

Back to Dom Inglot's big serves. A casual forehand swipe from Jamie Murray puts GB 40-15 ahead before Inglot double faults. A quick word from his partner, and Inglot recovers with a swipe that Mahut overworks. 

'We are right up against it'

Dan Evans, who lost to Jeremy Chardy in yesterday's singles rubber, speaking on BBC TV:  "Jeremy was way better than me. I didn't have any answers to what he threw at me and I didn't feel comfortable at all. It was pretty convincing in the end.

"It's tough out there. The French pair are playing well. We had our chances in sets one and three.

"Jamie and Dom have still got it in them to win it though, for sure.

"Last night we just tried to stay positive. We are right up against it now but we will fight hard and see what we can do."

Dan Evans
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France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 1-0 GB*

Mahut and Benneteau spend quite a bit of time exchanging tactics between points. It's a speedy hold though, courtesy of Mahut's serve.

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 GB

It's simple - France win this set, and they've won the tie. It'll be Nicolas Mahut on serve first up.

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 GB

Do GB have it in them to claw back this fourth set? They look drained, but lose this set and that is their Davis Cup over.

Game and third set to France

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 GB

Jamie Murray is fuming after that double-fault, but France battled admirably to win three games.

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 GB

A wonderful serve from Jamie Murray, right into the corner. France take it back to deuce though, as Mahut's speedy return surprises Inglot.

That's glorious from Mahut! A down the line forehand, and France have the advantage once again. Set point again - and Murray double-faults! France win the third set!

A France fan celebrates
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GB save two set points

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 6-5 GB*

Every big shot in these players' arsenals are coming out now, Benneteau and Inglot blasting backhand and forehands to one another, before Inglot strays just over the line.

Oh! Jamie Murray is all over the point and then, somehow, Benneteau wins it out of nowhere! A glorious little pick-up, Benneteau just caressing the ball over the net, and France have two set points. GB save the first as Mahut nets - and the second! Deuce.

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 6-5 GB*

So it'll be Jamie Murray serving to keep GB in the set...

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 6-5 GB*

Glorious from Julien Benneteau! A low volley, beating Jamie Murray who was prowling about at the net. An overhead smash from Nicolas Mahut, and that's a hold. Are we heading for another tie-break?

*France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 5-5 GB

A lovely second serve from Dom Inglot, leaping high into the air, before a sneaky little drop shot speeds GB to a 40-0 lead. That was glorious from Inglot, and another big, booming serve ensures GB hold.

'British pair getting agitated'

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 5-4 GB*

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Two

A big momentum change now in the two camps.

France have been hitting some heights in these past few games. Nicolas Mahut is on fire.

There have been a couple of mis-communications between the British pair and it all got a big agitated. Every word now from Jamie Murray has to be encouragement to his partner.

Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot
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France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 5-4 GB*

France have got their tails up and they're being given a typically animated talk from captain Yannick Noah.

Leon Smith prefers the more intense sort of conversation. Big, deep breaths from all four players, before they head back on court. It'll be Dom Inglot to serve. 

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 5-4 GB*

So France have managed to snaffle a break in this set, at the sixth time of asking. Nicolas Mahut unfurls an exquisite backhand, the sort that you want to copy on the court yourself, before he sends an ace speeding down. 

Jamie Murray
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France break back

*France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 4-4 GB

Another break point for France and they've taken it! Dom Inglot went across Jamie Murray - the ball was dangling in front of Murray's nose - goes for the backhand swipe, and nets it! 

Oh, should he have left that for Murray? You'd probably say so, on balance. Dearie me. We're back to all square.

Jamie Murray reacts
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GB save another break point

France 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 3-4 GB*

Back to Jamie Murray on serve but it's Dom Inglot who takes the glory. France target him with some backhand volleys and Inglot leans back and whips in his reply, before taking the point with an overhead smash. 

Mahut doesn't give up though - he hammers in another return, and now France have a break point, for the third service game in a row! Inglot saves it, though, with a hearty thwack.

Forehands on fire

Jamie Murray
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Murray and Inglot have won 85% of the points on their first serves compared to 72% from France.

And their forehand dominance is starting to tell. 20 forehand winners from the GB duo compared to 12 from Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau.

But again the unforced error count for GB is creeping up. They've made 14, with the French duo back on just five.