Rouen (France) (AFP) - Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy moved France to the verge of the Davis Cup semi-finals on Friday with straight sets wins against a British team missing injured world number one Andy Murray.
Pouille gave hosts France a winning start in the quarter-final with a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 victory over Kyle Edmund.
Chardy then eased past Dan Evans, playing on clay for the first time in three years, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
Edmund, drafted into the singles line-up after the withdrawal of Murray with an elbow injury, was made to pay for letting slip a 5/2 lead in the second-set tiebreak.
The winners of the tie will face either Serbia or Spain in the semi-finals.