Croatia One Step Away From The Davis Cup Title As They Lead 2-0 vs France

Croatia One Step Away From The Davis Cup Title As They Lead 2-0 vs France

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The Croatian team is leading 2-0 against France, after the first day of the Davis Cup finals, played in Lille. They will need one more point from the next three contests to secure their second title in this competition.

Croatia gained this advantage through Borna Coric and Marin Cilic, who successfully handled their rivals.

The perspective youngster Borna Coric defeated Jeremy Chardy in the opener of the grand finals, with 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in only two hours and 19 minutes of play.

The spectators could see right away who is the dominant player in this matchup. The 12th player in the world, made a break already in the first game, and took control over the contest. The second break-point came instantly in the third game of the set, and Coric was ahead 3-0. Chardy had only 58% of the first serve, which was the main reason why he lost this part of the event.

The second set had more excitement, and both players kept their service, although there were break-point chances on both ends of the court. Coric made the final push in the 11th game of this sequence when he broke Chardy’s serve, and routinely closed the set in the next game.

Croatian player quickly took the lead in the final part of this matchup, and despite having troubles with his quadriceps grabbed the first point for his country in the finals.

Marin Cilic continued where Coric had stopped, and he too defeated his rival with 3-0. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the victim and the result was 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Former US Open winner kept his serve in the opening set, making one break, thus getting momentum in this clash.

Tsonga woke up in the second set, and even had two chances of taking the Croatian’s service, but failed to do that. The critical moment happened in the 11th game when Cilic once again reached a break chance which he converted.

The veteran from Croatia stayed in the same rhythm and won the third set, despite Tsonga’s three break chances.


The battle continues tomorrow, when France has to win the doubles, in order to stay alive, and preserve some hopes of reaching the miracle.

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