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Croatia Beat France to Reach Davis Cup Final

Marin Čilić celebrates in Zadar (photo credit: Davis Cup Official)

Marin Čilić celebrates in Zadar (photo credit: Davis Cup Official)

Marin Čilić was the hero as Croatia advanced through to the 2016 Davis Cup final in Zadar on Sunday…

Croatia will play in their second final after they beat France 3-1 in Zadar over the weekend thanks to Čilić, who was unbeaten in all of the three matches he played in.

On the opening day Richard Gasquet gave France a 1-0 lead when he beat Borna Ćorić in straight sets 6-2, 7-6, 6-1, but Croatia’s number one leveled the tie when he beat Lucas Pouille 6-1, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2.

In an exciting doubles match on the Saturday Croatia’s pairing of Čilić and Ivan Dodig were too good for top ranked French pairing of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, winning in 4 sets 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.

Croatia sealed the tie on Sunday when Čilić brilliantly beat Gasquet in the reverse singles rubber in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

Croatia, who won the Davis Cup in 2006, will face the winner of Argentina v Great Britain semi-final in the final on 25-27 November 2016.

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