Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert kept French hopes alive in the Davis Cup final with a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) win over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles on Saturday.

France's Nicolas Mahut, right, and Pierre Hughes Herbert celebrate after scoring a point during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
France’s Nicolas Mahut, right, and Pierre Hughes Herbert celebrate after scoring a point during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Croatia, chasing its first Davis Cup title since 2005, headed into the second day of the final with a 2-0 lead over the defending champions after its singles players Marin Cilic and Borna Coric outplayed Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, respectively, in straight sets and without conceding a single break of serve on the opening day.

Mate Pavic of Croatia, bottom, returns the ball to France's Nicolas Mahut, right, and Pierre Hughes Herbert during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Mate Pavic of Croatia, bottom, returns the ball to France’s Nicolas Mahut, right, and Pierre Hughes Herbert during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

On the indoor clay court installed at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in northern France, the script changed dramatically during a pulsating doubles match.

France's team captain Yannick Noah clenches his fist during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
France’s team captain Yannick Noah clenches his fist during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Dodig and Pavic had only a few chances in the first two sets. Herbert played aggressively and Mahut raised his game on important points, hitting a service winner in the fourth game of the opening set to deny Croatia’s sole break chance in that set.

Croatia's Ivan Dodig, left, and Mate Pavic talk during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Croatia’s Ivan Dodig, left, and Mate Pavic talk during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Croatian pair gradually found its rhythm and made the most of Herbert’s sudden dip of level on serve to force a fourth set. Pavic saved three match points with consecutive big serves in the 10th game but the hosts played solid tennis in the tiebreaker to prevail.

France's Nicolas Mahut, right, and Pierre Hughes Herbert return the ball to Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic of Croatia during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
France’s Nicolas Mahut, right, and Pierre Hughes Herbert return the ball to Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic of Croatia during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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Croatia's Ivan Dodig, left, and Mate Pavic in their Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Croatia’s Ivan Dodig, left, and Mate Pavic in their Davis Cup final between France and Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia is within one point of a second Davis Cup title after Borna Coric and Marin Cilic dispatched their French rivals in the opening singles matches of the final to take a 2-0 lead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Source: The Associated Press