Croatia Clinch 3-1 Victory Over France to Win Davis Cup
Marin Cilic beat France’s Lucas Pouille in straight sets on Sunday to give Croatia an unassailable lead in the Davis Cup final. Cilic won 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-3, to dethrone defending champions France and secure Croatia’s second Davis Cup, 13 years after their first. Pouille took Cilic to a tie-break in the first set but could not mount a challenge in the next two, losing in two hours, 19 minutes. Croatia won all three singles matches in straight sets. “It’s just a dream weekend, we all dreamed of playing as well all weekend,” said Cilic. “We did not even concede a service (in singles).”
It was the last final in the traditional format before a radical reorganisation of the venerable competition. “Yes, that makes it special,” said Cilic. The victory gives Croatia some revenge for their football team’s defeat by France in the World Cup final in July.