Nicolas Mahut, left, and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, right, of France celebrate with captain Yannick Noah, center, after beating Jiri Vesely and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic during their tennis Davis Cup quarterfinal doubles match in Trinec, Czech Republi
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July 16, 2016

TRINEC, Czech Republic (AP) Wimbledon doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert fought past Lukas Rosol and Radek Stepanek 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to give France a 2-1 lead over the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

A week after beating Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets to clinch the their first Wimbledon title, Mahut and Herbert went the distance on the indoor hard court for a victory that puts France one win away from a Davis Cup semifinal.

Amid increased security following the deadly attack in the French city of Nice, Mahut closed it out with an overhead volley on the first match point in the eastern Czech city of Trinec.

''I made some double faults when I shouldn't but we were patient against a really dangerous team,'' Herbert said.'' We're happy to get through.''

In Sunday's first reverse singles, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can clinch the tie with a victory over Jiri Vesely. If he fails, the tie will be decided in the final reverse singles between Rosol and Lucas Pouille.

On Friday, Rosol beat Tsonga in a five-setter, and Pouille made a victorious Davis Cup debut by beating Vesely in straight sets.

In the doubles, Rosol replaced Adam Pavlasek, who had a back problem, and struggled with his serve throughout. He was broken in the opening game of the final set in what turned out to be the decisive break.

The French pair didn't waste time, jumping to 3-0 in the first set that Mahut served out with an ace.

The Czechs replied with a 3-0 lead in the second set and Stepanek served it out with a service winner to come back.

Rosol double-faulted to drop his serve in the third set for the Czechs to trail 3-1. They saved two set points at 5-2 before Rosol's return hit the net on the third set point.

In the most dramatic fourth set, Herbert gave the Czechs a chance to tie the set at 4-4 after two straight double faults. The French wasted a break point in the following game and the Czechs took the set when Herbert's volley hit the net.

The winner faces the United States or Croatia in the semifinal in September.

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