Croatia defeat France to win Davis Cup title

Davis Cup Final- France v Croatia

After Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won Saturday's doubles to keep the tie alive, Noah restored Pouille in a bid to take down Croatian talisman Cilic.

With the French missing their three highest-ranked players - Richard Gasquet pulled out injured while Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon were overlooked - Noah made a decision to open with Chardy instead of Lucas Pouille, who clinched the 2017 final.

Immediately the 30-year-old former U.S. Open champion was swamped by a swarm of his team mates as Croatia could begin the party after emulating its triumph of 2005.

Croatia will enter the history books as victor of the last final played in the traditional format before the 118-year-old team competition gets a major revamp.

"It s just a dream weekend, we all dreamed of playing as well all weekend", said Cilic.

After a confident victory Borne of Coric over jérémy Chardy to build on the success of the Croats in the match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tried Marin Cilic. After that I played better and served better.

The Davis Cup is set to adopt a new format from 2019 onwards, featuring 18 teams in one place contending for the title.

But their hopes of a comeback were quickly dashed.

Tsonga faced an onslaught from Cilic in the opening set and had no answers.

The plan backfired as Chardy, ranked 40 in the world, failed to hold his opening service game, which lasted for 12 minutes and included two double faults before Coric broke.

He hung on grimly in the first set, saving a break point at 4-4 with a attractive dropshot.

Cilic was 6-0 in sets played over the weekend. However with the home crowd noisily cheering Chardy, Coric held his nerve and his serve to take the set 7-5.

"We can t wait to be in Zagreb, like the footballers when they came back from the World Cup", said Zeljko Krajan, the Croatia captain. I have seen a few generations of players, I have seen a lot of tennis, a lot of wins, a lot of matches lost too.

Lucas Pouille, who was thrashed in straight sets by Marin Cilic on Sunday a year after he wrapped up France's 10th title, said he would not play in the Davis Cup anymore.

Coric left the court for a medical timeout leading 4-3 with a break of serve in the third set but he showed no ill-effects from a hamstring twinge on his return and finished the job.

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