Croatia beat US to set up Davis Cup final with France 

Coric defeated Davis Cup debutant Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-7 (11/13), 6-1, 6-3 to end a thrilling fightback by the Americans over the weekend.

Published: 16th September 2018 11:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2018 11:42 PM   |  A+A-

Croatia's Borna Coric (C) celebrates with his team after defeating Frances Tiafoe of the United States in their Davis Cup semifinal singles match | AP

By AFP

ZADAR (CROATIA): Croatia will meet France in the Davis Cup final after defeating the United States 3-2 as Borna Coric triumphed in the decisive match in Zadar on Sunday.

Coric defeated Davis Cup debutant Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-7 (11/13), 6-1, 6-3 to end a thrilling fightback by the Americans over the weekend.

Croatia will play in their third final in November, after winning the 2005 title and losing in 2016 to Argentina.

Croatia have now beaten the US in all five of their Davis Cup meetings.

They also faced France in the final of this summer's football World Cup, with Les Bleus winning 4-2.

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

Both Cilic and Coric had won their singles matches on Friday, before the US cut Croatia's lead to 2-1 as Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison beat Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in a dramatic doubles rubber on Saturday.

Jim Courier's team were without two top players -- John Isner, the world number 10 who stayed home for family reasons, and the injured Jack Sock.

 

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