Three games to one: Croatia won the Davis Cup, after Marin Cilic’s victory in three sets (7-6, 6-3, 6-3) against Frenchman Lucas Pouille, Sunday, November 25 at the stadium Pierre-Mauroy from Villeneuve-d’Ascq (North).
After the two singles defeats on Friday, Jérémy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the pair Mahut-Herbert had given back, Saturday afternoon, a little hope to the team led by Yannick Noah in this final where the first of the two countries to achieve three wins wins. This fourth match – the third single – has been fatal to the Blues, the holders of the title.
The Croatians thus raise for the second time the Silver Salad Bowl. A historic victory since this final marks the end in its current format of the Davis Cup, a competition more than a century old that will be reformed: next year, the new formula concocted by Gerard Piqué and his company Kosmos will be exported for a week in so-called neutral territory, in Madrid.
Tight first set, one-way
Lucas Pouille, 24, was preferred to Jeremy Chardy by Yannick Noah to try to turn things around. He did not really hold the shock that the time of a first set very disputed, he ended up losing the tie-break, despite six aces.
He could not do much in the second set, led quickly 4-2. If he managed to save four set balls, returning to 5-3, he failed to save the fifth set ball on his opponent’s serve.
In the French camp, many counted on a 30-year-old Marin Cilic’s weakness, as he had already done: he had collapsed in the final two years ago in the same situation, while leading two sets to zero. against the Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro.
But on the clay of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, the Croatian has mastered his game and his nerves “[Marin] Cilic is playing better and better,” commented Pierre live elsewhere -Hugues Herbert at the microphone of France 3 during the third set. And if Lucas Pouille had a time taken the lead in this last round, at 3-2, he was again dominated by his opponent. There will therefore be no 11th bowl for France.