ZAGREB, 7 March 2020 – As he has done so often throughout his career, Marin Cilic has lead Croatia to an important Davis Cup victory.
Croatia has beaten India 3-1 to advance into the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid after an impressive display by Cilic on Saturday.¬†
22-year-old Borna Gojo and Cilic had given Croatia a 2-0 lead over India after the opening day of their Davis Cup Play-off match in Zagreb on Friday but the visitors managed to pull it back to 2-1 when they won the doubles rubber.¬†
Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes beat Mate Pavic and Franko Skugor 3-6, 7-6 (9), 5-7 on Saturday afternoon which meant the tie would have to be decided with the reverse singles.¬†
Cilic was first up against Sumit Nagal, who has an ATP ranking of 127, and the Croatian made sure of the victory with an almost faultless display of tennis.¬†
Nagal could only win one game in the match as Cilic blazed him off the court in under an hour, winning 6-0, 6-1.¬†
The 3-1 win means Croatia has now qualified for the Davis Cup Finals which will take place in Madrid again later this year.¬†