Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Croatia Through To Face France In Davis Cup Final

Croatia Through To Face France In Davis Cup Final

Borna Coric took over four hours to seal Croatia's victory by edging Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-7 (11), 6-1, 6-3.

"I've waited a long time for this and it's a dream to win on my debut", said Paire afterwards.

"In these later stages of my career I enjoy it so much to play Davis Cup", Cilic said. It was not such an important point, so I just did it. "We did our job and now we're hoping to give the team some momentum into tomorrow".

It left the tie resting on the outcome of Borna Coric's match with USA debutant Frances Tiafoe in the fifth rubber, with the victor guaranteed to take his country into November's final against France, who beat Spain in the other semi.

Seeking its second title, Croatia will visit defending champion France in the November 23-25 final. Without the injured Nadal, who in his last match withdrew from the US Open semifinals, Spain gets swept 3-0. But Mike chose to return while enjoying a stellar season with interim partner Jack Sock.

Croatia extended its flawless record over the 5-0. However, Sock hurt his hip during the U.S. Open run and was replaced by Harrison on the U.S. team.

It took a remarkable show of resilience from the United States pair to rescue the tie in a high-quality doubles featuring four players who have all won Grand Slam titles.

"Obviously, they're incredibly valuable - together or separately - so we've been lucky to have them and to have Mike back".

But this time American tennis fans were cheering.

Harrison was appreciative to have such an experienced partner.

"I just hung in there".

Dodig was also complimentary of Mike Bryan. "Everything was really good", Cilic said. "He's still one of the best players in the world and he's proving that on the court". "We had one great win and one great fight today".

21-year-old Coric had lost his only previous encounter with the United States number three at Roland Garros but on Zadar's clay courts drew first blood for the hosts against Johnson, who is leading his country in the absence of John Isner and Jack Sock.

Courier could send on Sam Querrey as a replacement for Johnson against Cilic. "That's all I can say", Ramos told The Associated Press on Friday.

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