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.