Milos Raonic beat Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 on Friday night to give Canada a 1-1 tie with France after the opening singles in the Davis Cup match, Canada's first at the World Group level in eight years.
In the opening match, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga topped Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in front of the flag-waving crowd at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
The winner of the best-of-five match will play the U.S.-Switzerland winner in the quarterfinals. The visiting United States leads that match 2-0.
In doubles Saturday, Pospisil and Daniel Nestor will face Benneteau and Michael Llodra.