Germany holds 2-1 lead after France wins doubles

Nancy, France ( - Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra kept France alive in their best-of-five Davis Cup quarterfinal against Germany with a win in Saturday's doubles.

Benneteau and Llodra beat the German duo of Andre Begemann and Tobias Kamke by a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5 margin to avoid elimination.

Germany raced out to a 2-0 lead in Friday's opening singles rubbers after getting wins from Kamke and Peter Gojowczyk.

In Sunday's reverse singles, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is scheduled on court first against Kamke. Benneteau would follow against Gojowczyk.

The undermanned Germans are competing without any of their top-six players. Their top performer this week, Kamke, is ranked 96th in the world.

Team France is led by rookie captain Arnaud Clement, while the Germans are guided by Carsten Arriens.

The French are 7-2 all-time versus the Germans, including a win in their last meeting in a quarterfinal in Stuttgart in 2011. They first met in 1913, with Germany winning that one in Wiesbaden.

The winner in Nancy will meet the Czech Republic in a semifinal in September.