Croatia through to Davis Cup final

Marin Cilic sent Croatia into the World Group final of the Davis Cup following his straight set win on Sunday.

The 2014 US Open winner breezed past France's Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in Zadar, Croatia, to send his nation into the team event's final for the second time in history.

Croatia took on an injury hit French team – Gael Monfils had to withdraw due to a knee injury – but nonetheless started the tie on the back foot on Friday after Gasquet beat Borna Coric.

Cilic then evened matters with his hard-fought singles win over rising star Lucas Pouille in round two. 

He then teamed up with Ivan Dodig for the doubles match, where the duo edged Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicholas Mahut in four sets.

For the fourth round on Sunday against Gasquet, Cilic was the more aggressive of the two, firing 21 winners and 24 unforced errors. Cilic took his chances, converting 6/9 break points to edge the Frenchman.

"When you look at the atmosphere, it's an incredible feeling," said the 27-year-old of playing in front of a packed house at Kresimir Cosic Hall.

“It's been a dream weekend for us, I played incredible tennis. I produced a great performance for all the crowd. I can't be more proud than right now.
 
"We have always been playing well in Davis Cup. It's something that's in your heart. If we can play the final at home it would be an amazing spectacle."

Croatia were last in the final of the Davis Cup in 2005, where they defeated Slovakia to win their maiden title.

They await either defending champions Great Britain or Argentina in the final which takes place from 25-27 November.

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