Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra held their nerve to beat Andre Begemann and Tobias Kamke 6-1, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5 as France pulled back to 2-1 in their Davis Cup quarterfinal against Germany.
The French were under huge pressure after 12th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tonsga and Benneteau lost their opening singles games on Friday against much lower-ranked opponents.
Germany opened up a 3-1 lead in the fourth set but the experienced French veterans stood up to the challenge, breaking back for 3-3.
They sealed victory on the third match point when Llodra chopped back Begemann's serve and the German player could only pat the ball back into the net as he lunged forward.
France needs to win both reverse singles on Sunday to progress to the semifinals.