Great Britain secured their place in the Davis Cup final eight with a tense 2-1 victory over France on Sunday, as Italy also advanced to the quarter-finals.

Dan Evans got Great Britain off to a winning start by coming from behind to beat Arthur Fils 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, before Ugo Humbert leveled the tie for France with a 7-6 (5), 3 -6, 7. -5 victory over Cameron Norrie in Manchester, England.

It meant the French could still advance with a doubles victory, but Evans and Neal Skupski saved four match points to overcome Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) in a match that lasted almost three hours.

Great Britain topped Group B ahead of already qualified Australia and will play in the round of 16 in the southern Spanish city of Malaga in November.

Italy joined defending champion Canada in advancing from Group A with Matteo Arnaldi winning the opening match in Bologna, where Italy beat Sweden 2-1. The Italians only needed to win one match to ensure they finished ahead of Chile.

Bernabé Zapata Miralles and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina claimed their first Davis Cup victories when Spain defeated South Korea 2-1 in Valencia in Group C. The Czech Republic and Serbia had already secured the top two places in the group.

The Netherlands lost 2-1 to Croatia in Split in Group D. But the Dutch were already assured of qualification along with Finland, which eliminated the United States on Saturday.

The draw for the round of 16 will take place on Tuesday in London.

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