Croa­tia Clinch 3-1 Vic­tory Over France to Win Davis Cup

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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.

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