Davis Cup roundup: U.S. survives vs. Croatia, France clinches

Lynette Rowe
September 19, 2018

"What Sam did, turning his match around, was kind of mind-boggling. It's a great example for all of us".

Thankfully for Ramos this match was a more tranquil affair, as Cilic scored a 6-1 6-3 7-6 (7-5) win to put the hosts 2-0 ahead in Zadar on Friday.

Borna Coric is scheduled to take on Tiafoe in the finale.

After winning the opening set, Cilic wasted a 6-1 lead in the second-set tiebreak then completely fell apart with a series of errors under pressure from the big-serving Querrey.

Earlier, Borna Coric gave Croatia a flying start by defeating Steve Johnson 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the opening rubber. "That's all I can say", Ramos told The Associated Press on Friday.

Ramos gave Serena three code violations in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka (including one for smashing her racquet), causing the American great to argue she wasn't being treated the same as some male players.

The Croatian team can book a place in the final on Saturday, when the doubles duo of Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic squares off against the U.S. pair of Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison.

Dodig and Pavic actually had set points in both the first two sets - at 5-3 in the first set and in the second set tiebreak -- only for Bryan and his 26-year-old partner to save them both before taking their two-set lead.

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Bryan and Sock won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

In the Saturday doubles France clinched it when Julien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut dominated Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7). France advanced with a 3-2 win.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is Spain's only Top 20 player.

In Lille there was relief that the Croatians had won as it guaranteed the final would be a home tie for France.

Austria secured their place in the February qualifiers with a 3-1 victory over Australia.

Dodig and Pavic are ranked fourth in the world in doubles.

The meaningless last singles rubber, between Dennis Novak and Jordan Thompson, was canceled.

In World Group Playoffs action past powerhouses Australia and Switzerland were upset, leaving their status in limbo as the ITF prepares to announce which teams will participate in next year's restructured Davis Cup.

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