Davis Cup quarter-final: GB v France

Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 17-19 July

Coverage: Live BBC Red Button & online on Friday 12:25-19:00 BST, on BBC Two on Saturday 13:00-16:00, and on BBC Two (Not NI, viewers can watch online) on Sunday 12:30-16:00

Andy Murray brought Great Britain level at 1-1 after day one of the Davis Cup quarter-final against France in London.

The British number one saved three set points in the second set as he beat world number 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-6 (12-10) 6-2.

Gilles Simon had earlier beaten James Ward 6-4 6-4 6-1 in Friday’s opening singles match.

The best-of-five tie will continue with the doubles on Saturday followed by the reverse singles on Sunday.

Captains Leon Smith and Arnaud Clement face the biggest test of their weekend as they each look to select a pairing capable of winning Saturday’s crucial doubles match.

The winners of the tie will go through to face Australia or Kazakhstan in September’s World Group semi-finals.

GB needed Murray, ranked three in the world, to win his first game of a possible three after Simon outplayed Ward at Queens Club to give France an early lead.

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

“James Ward was not able to summon the spirit of Glasgow and San Diego on this occasion, but Andy Murray played superbly, and was able to raise his game to an even higher level when the first and second sets were on the line.

“Returning a number of 135-mile-an-hour Tsonga serves was one of the keys to victory, and the relative brevity of the match will increase Murray’s chances of returning to contest the doubles on Saturday.”

Simple for Simon

It was always going to be a tall order for Ward, the world number 89, to overcome 11th-ranked Simon, and so it proved. The Londoner began solidly enough, missing an early break point thanks to an unkind net cord, but facing a first break point on his own serve in game five he could only hammer a smash into the net.

The Briton’s forehand began to let him down as Simon grew increasingly comfortable from the baseline, drawing 51 unforced errors over three sets.

A semi-finalist on the same courts at last month’s ATP event, the Frenchman broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set and three times in the third.

“It was a great match for me,” said Simon. “I got lucky to have an early break in each set and I’m really happy about the match I played today.”

Ward said: “It was very difficult. He moves very well. Even when I feel like I’m being aggressive, I can’t go for too much because he gets a lot of balls back.

“It was very windy, so to time the ball perfectly is very difficult.”

Great Britain's James Ward

James Ward reached the third round of Wimbledon, but was out of luck at Queen’s