Croatia set up Davis Cup final with France, Great Britain secure seeding

Shahida Jacobs
Mate Pavic, Marin Cilic and Borna Coric celebrate Davis Cup win

The 2018 Davis Cup final will be contested between Croatia and France after the former held off the United States in their semi-final.

The European country fought back on the final day to beat the United States 3-2.

2005 champions Croatia opened a 2-0 lead in the tie after winning the opening singles matches, but the US came storming back when Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison beat Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5) in the doubles.

Sam Querrey then took it to a decider as he beat Marin Cilic 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-4 and it was left to Borna Coric and Francis Tiafoe to battle it out.

And the duo produced a five-set epic with the Coric winning 6-7 (0-7), 6-1, 6-7 (11-13), 6-1, 6-3 in four hours and six minutes to send Croatia into their third Davis Cup final.

Defending champions France await them in November’s rubber, which will be the last time the final is played under the current format, as they beat Spain 3-2.

Meanwhile, Great Britain made sure they will be seeded for the new-look tournament as they beat Uzbekistan 3-1 with Cameron Norrie claiming the decisive win over Sanjar Fayziev on Sunday.

Norrie, who lost his opening singles match on Friday, romped to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 victory.

“I am extremely proud, and I would like to thank the crowd for what has been an incredible weekend,” he said.

“Big thanks for my Dad for staying put in his seat this time, he was pretty nervous the other day.

“Cheers to the Barmy Army, they had great energy, I have fed off them all weekend.”

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