Karlovic re­turns to Davis Cup for fi­nals against Ar­gentina

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Zeljko Kra­jan, Croa­tia’s Davis Cup cap­tain, says vet­eran Ivo Karlovic will re­turn in the fi­nal against Ar­gentina. Kra­jan said yes­ter­day that Karlovic’s re­turn “is the best pos­si­ble news” for Croa­tia ahead of the best-of-five se­ries to be played in Za­greb from 25 to 27 Novem­ber.

Kra­jan says “Our chances now look much bet­ter . ... I think we are the favourites.”

A serve-and-vol­ley spe­cial­ist, Karlovic will fill the gap in the likely ab­sence of Croa­tia’s No. 2 player, Borna Coric, who un­der­went knee surgery. Marin Cilic will lead Croa­tia in the fi­nals against Ar­gentina and Juan Martin Del Potro.

Karlovic, the 37-year-old ranked 20th, last played in the Davis Cup in 2012, fac­ing Ar­gentina in Buenos Aires. He has said he re­tired from the team com­pe­ti­tion to avoid in­juries.

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