Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans both battled to give Great Britain a 2-1 win over France in their Davis Cup tie.

British number one Norrie claimed a gutsy 6-2 7-6 (10-8) win over Arthur Rinderknech to seal the best-of-three tie in Innsbruck, Austria.

Evans had earlier beat Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-4 in a high-quality encounter.

However, Rinderknech and Nicolas Mahut claimed a consolation 6-1 6-4 win over Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski in the doubles rubber.

The tie is Great Britain's first in Group C, with the top teams from each group and the two best runners-up qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Evans started strongly as he fought for one hour and 55 minutes to beat the experienced Mannarino.

Norrie then overturned a 4-1 deficit in a close second-set tie-break to see off French number one Rinderknech.

Great Britain will be guaranteed qualification as group winners if they beat the Czech Republic tomorrow.

His quality showed against Rinderknech, with the Briton recovering from a nervy start to reel off five games in a row and take the first set.

He was helped by 19 unforced errors from Rinderknech, but the Frenchman tightened his game in the second set.

Rinderknech found his way out of a service game at 3-3 that saw nine duces and three break points for Norrie, holding on well enough to force a tie-break.

Norrie's forehand broke down as the 26-year-old Frenchman raced to a 4-1 lead, but the Briton clung on and was rewarded for some brave shot-making when he found himself set point down.

He saw two match points come and go before eventually securing victory in two hours and six minutes.

"All credit to the guy to make it to the tie break and I was fortunate to sneak through there," Norrie said.