Croatia reach Davis Cup final
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Croatia beat France 2-1 to reach the Davis Cup final.
SHOWS: ZADAR, CROATIA (SEPTEMBER 18, 2016) (ITF – SEE RESTRICTIONS)
MARIN CILIC (CROATIA-WHITE) V RICHARD GASQUET (FRANCE-BLUE)
1. CILIC AND GASQUET AT NET BEFORE MATCH
2. FORMER WIMBLEDON CHAMPION GORAN IVANISEVIC OF CROATIA WATCHES
3. CILIC SERVES THEN HITS POWERFUL FOREHAND WINNER TO TAKE FIRST SET 6-3
4. CROATIAN CELEBRATIONS
5. CILIC MAKES GASQUET RUN AND BREAKS WHEN FRENCHMAN HITS NET SO LEADS 2-1 SECOND SET
6. CILIC WINS SECOND SET WHEN GASQUET RETURNS SERVE INTO NET 6-2
7. POWERFUL CILIC DOUBLEHANDED BACKHAND THAT GASQUET CANNOT RETURN GIVES CROATIAN BREAK POINT 5-5 IN THIRD SET
8. CROATIA WIN SEMI-FINAL WHEN CILIC HITS FINE SERVE AND VOLLEY
9. CILIC SHAKES HANDS WITH GASQUET THEN WITH FRANCE CAPTAIN YANNICK NOAH
11. VARIOUS OF CROATIA SQUAD CELEBRATING
12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARIN CILIC OF CROATIA SAYING:
“We have been always playing well in the Davis Cup and it’s, you know, just something that fills your heart and you can’t compare it to anything else. To make all this crowd so much happy and hopefully, you know, in the final we’re going to be playing at home, we’ll see, the outcome of the other semi-final, but it will be, it will be, just amazing spectacle”
STORY: Marin Cilic defeated Richard Gasquet of France 6-3 6-2 7-5 on Sunday (September 18) to put Croatia into the final of the Davis Cup.
The first two sets in front of a partisan crowd in Zadar took Cilic just 39 minutes each.
Gasquet rallied in the third, pushing the set to 55 minutes, but never looked like winning the match.
Afterwards, Cilic said nothing compared to the Davis Cup and the final would be an amazing spectacle.
In the doubles, Cilic and Ivan Dodig beat the world’s top-ranked pair, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert; Gasquet and Cilic both won their previous singles matches.
The winners will take on Britain or Argentina, who were also playing on Sunday.
Result from the Davis Cup World Group Semifinal match between Croatia and France on Sunday
Croatia beat France 3-1
Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Richard Gasquet (France) 6-3 6-2 7-5
Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig (Croatia) beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (France) 7-6(6) 5-7 7-6(6) 6-3
Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Lucas Pouille (France) 6-1 7-6(4) 2-6 6-2
Richard Gasquet (France) beat Borna Coric (Croatia) 6-2 7-6(5) 6-1