France takes a 6-2 lead into its quarterfinal tie against Germany.
The French, who were made to work hard for their first round victory against Austria, have not lost to Germany since 1938, most recently winning 4-1 in last year’s first round encounter in Toulon.
France was without Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet for its first round clash with Austria and the unlikely hero of the tie proved to be Jeremy Chardy. The Frenchman stunned Austrian No. 1 Jurgen Melzer in the opening singles rubber and then clinched a captivating decisive fifth rubber against Martin Fischer.
Germany was also involved in a thrilling first round tie against Croatia. Philipp Petzschner held his nerve and returned magnificently against Ivo Karlovic’s monstrous serve to win the all-important third point in the fifth rubber in Zagreb.