Croatia clinch 3-1 victory over France to win Davis Cup

Croatia clinch 3-1 victory over France to win Davis Cup

Croatia clinch 3-1 victory over France to win Davis Cup

The French doubles player Nicolas Mahut - who had supplied the most vibrant moments of the tie when he and partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in Saturday's scintillating doubles rubber - also gave Haggerty an intense talking-to.

A visibly upset France captain Yannick Noah, who led his nation to Davis Cup glory in 1991 and 1996 and again previous year as coach, criticized the changes to the event.

"To win these two matches it would have been necessary to make two flawless performances", Noah, whose team have won seven consecutive ties since losing to Croatia in 2016, said.

With the latest triumph in the tournament's final edition under current competition format, they become the 10th country with multiple titles.

"This is the one of the best teams we've ever had - it's like a dream team", Krajan said.

The Croatians clearly have the best players, who have not lost away from home since 2015.

Earlier on Friday, world number 12 Coric galloped through the opening set as Chardy's service temporarily collapsed and went on to stroll to easy victory.

France hoped the slow surface would be a problem for Cilic and Coric, who had to quickly adapt to clay after playing last week on a hard court at the ATP Finals in London.

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

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"Yes, that makes it special", said Cilic. A backhand wide handed Cilic a 6-5 lead and the former U.S. Open champion wrapped up the set at love on serve.

Cilic was imperious throughout the weekend and got the job done in straight sets, beating his opponent 7-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Marin Cilic sealed Croatia's victory over defending champions France in the Davis Cup final with a 7-6 6-3, 6-3 win over Lucas Pouille on Sunday afternoon in Lille.

I thought Lucas started well in the first set and just a single point made the difference.

Cilic withstood nearly one-sided support in the stadium for another break before building a 4-2 lead midway through the third set.

Coric broke for 6-5 after hitting a superb lob that Chardy could not return, followed by a pin-point forehand return that pushed the Frenchman to commit a mistake.

And Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan admitted: "2016 was in my mind for a long time".

"I'm not going to change my mind about the new format".

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