Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Davis Cup: Croatia beat United States 3-2 to reach final

Davis Cup: Croatia beat United States 3-2 to reach final

On Friday, Croatia had taken a 2-0 lead as Borna Coric defeated Steve Johnson and Cilic topped Frances Tiafoe in the first day of the tie on outdoor clay at the Sportski Centar here, reports Efe news.

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After winning the opening set, Cilic wasted a 6-1 lead in the second-set tiebreak then completely fell apart with a series of errors under pressure from the big-serving Querrey.

Coric's victory followed Sam Querrey's surprise 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/6), 6-3, 6-4 win over world number six Marin Cilic in Sunday's first match which hauled the visitors level at 2-2.

Croatia's world No.6 Cilic is set to face Steve Johnson in the duel between the side's two top players but United States captain Jim Courier could bring in Sam Querrey for the pivotal fourth rubber.

Mike Bryan used all his experience as the world No.1 doubles player at the age of 40 to prevail in an epic five-set rubber alongside Ryan Harrison yesterday and help the United States cling on to their Davis Cup dream in Croatia.

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Croatia extended its flawless record over the 5-0.

Albert Ramos Vinolas beat Richard Gasquet 1-6 6-4 14-12 before Marcel Granollers edged Mahut 6-7 (7-2) 6-3 13-11. France advanced with a 3-2 win. France is in back-to-back finals for the first time since 1972. Too solid in the fifth, the 21-year-old broke for a 3-2 advantage and broke Tiafoe again at 5-3 to secure the victory.

The eighth-ranked Austrian won 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 but had to come back twice from a break down in the fourth set.

In World Group Playoffs action past powerhouses Australia and Switzerland were upset, leaving their status in limbo as the ITF prepares to announce which teams will participate in next year's restructured Davis Cup.

Benoit Paire and Lucas Pouille both won their singles matches on Friday to open the 2-0 lead on the hard indoor surface at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France.

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