Croatia captain Krajan hails his Davis Cup dream team

Croatia captain Krajan hails his Davis Cup dream team

Croatia captain Krajan hails his Davis Cup dream team

Noah chose Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to meet Croatia on indoor clay, and they were thrashed in straight sets on the first day, leaving the Croats on the verge of their second Davis Cup crown.

Cilic was part of the side that lost 3-2 to Argentina in 2016 showpiece and he was ruthless in ensuring his country did not suffer another heart-breaking defeat.

Marin Cilic of Croatia won 3-0 in the 4th match of the final of the Davis Cup against Lucas Pouille of France, making Croatia claim the title by 3-1.

Cilic dictated matters in the tie-break at the end of a first set, in which Pouille twice held after saving break points, the 2014 US Open champion producing a fine off-balance backhand volley to forge ahead.

From next year a qualification tournament will take place in February, from which 12 teams will progress to the finals in November, along with the previous four semi-finalists and two wild cards.

In a tight second set, Cilic coped with the pressure to save two break points in the eighth game, and Tsonga cracked with unforced errors.

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Pouille managed to save four set points in the eighth game with a series of fine serves before Cilic held his next service game to seal the set with a crosscourt forehand. Two went begging but Cilic would not be denied a third time as his glorious forehand lob put the disappointment of two years ago to bed.

The programme of the Davis Cup final on Saturday will continue with a doubles match Pierre South Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will play against Ivan Dodiga and Mate Pavic. We did everything we could to be at this level with the Croatian team. After getting his legs massaged by Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan, he briefly left the court after the seventh game for treatment but did not look hampered once he returned.

We were both in great form at the right time.' The captain Peter Krajan said: 'This is the one of the best teams we ever had - it's like a dream team.

He gave the 24-year-old Pouille little chance of extending the last final in the 118-year-old competition's current guise into a deciding fifth rubber.

I thought Lucas started well in the first set and just a single point made the difference.

And when he broke the Frenchman's serve at 2-2 in the third, any lingering belief Pouille had retained quickly ebbed away.

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