Croatia beat Spain 2-0, enter Davis Cup semis

Malaga, Nov 24: Marin Cilic rallied to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta in a three-hour match and send Croatia into the Davis Cup semi-finals.
Cilic trailed 4-1 in the decisive tiebreaker before coming back to clinch a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory after 3 hours, 13 minutes and secure a 2-0 win for Croatia over Spain.
Borna Coric upset Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first singles match to give Croatia the lead.
It was Croatia’s first Davis Cup victory over Spain after three previous defeats, and sets up a semi-final against Australia.
“It’s an incredible effort by the team,” Cilic said.
“It’s such a great privilege and honour to bring another point for the team Croatia and seal the win against the always strong Spanish team.” Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner, hit 20 aces in the match but also produced 15 double-faults in a victory that improved his Davis Cup singles record to 33-15.
He double-faulted twice in the 11th game of the first set as he was broken, but went 4-2 up in the second set to start his comeback after Carreno Busta hit a double-fault on his own on break point.
Coric and Cilic were both on the Croatian team that won a second Davis Cup title for their country in 2018.
Earlier, Coric sealed the win over Bautista Agut with his 12th ace on his third match point to silence the partisan crowd. Agut had just one break point in the match and couldn’t convert it.
Two climate change activists briefly interrupted the second set by running onto the court. They were taken away by security officials. (AP)

Get real time updates directly on your device, subscribe now.

Comments are closed.