Andy Murray and Heather Watson
Watson and Murray win but still need a favour from France.Getty

Andy Murray and Heather Watson both registered singles wins before teaming up for doubles success against Germany on Thursday (7 January) to give them a fighting chance of remaining in the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.

Great Britain still need France to stop Australia in Friday's evening session to stand a chance of progressing to Saturday's final, but Murray and Watson gave them a fighting chance with a 3-0 whitewash of their German opponents.

Watson, 23, bested Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-4 before Murray clinched a 6-3 6-4 victory over Alexander Zverev. Needing a 3-0 win to stand any chance of continuing their campaign in Perth, the duo teamed up to seal a 6-3 6-4 victory in the mixed doubles.

World no. 5 Watson said: "Today was, I am not going to say some of the best tennis I have played because the rallies were really short, but I feel like I have definitely got better. Today, just when I was warming up before the match I knew I was feeling great in all aspects of my game."

Murray added: "I moved a bit better today, I hit the ball a little bit cleaner from the back of the court, which was good. Not so much maybe at the end of the match, a few sloppy points in the 5-2 game and then obviously when it's 5-4 then you want to finish the match and there are a few nerves, so I should have done a little bit better there, but the rest of the match was decent."

Elsewhere in British tennis, British no, 3 Kyle Edmund has been eliminated from the Qatar Open at the quarter-final stage, losing 6-3 6-2 to world no. 6 Tomas Berdych.