Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Americans keep Davis Cup hopes alive with thrilling doubles victory

Umpire Carlos Ramos at the Davis Cup Umpire Carlos Ramos at the Davis Cup
Sidney Guerrero | 19 September, 2018, 07:14

The world No 6 was beaten in four sets, and a frustrating match was compounded when he was handed a code violation by umpire Carlos Ramos for smashing his racket.

Cilic and Coric won the opening two singles matches Friday in straight sets but Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison began an American comeback with a doubles victory Saturday that was decided in a fifth-set tiebreaker over almost five hours.

The second-set tie breaker proved to be a turning point, as Querry improved on serve, facing zero break points in the next two sets, while Cilic seemed to have lost his cool.

Croatia, who saw Marin Cilic and Borna Coric both win their singles matches on Friday, will try again on Sunday to book a final date with defending champions France in November.

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France beat Spain 3-0 in the other semifinal.

The 29-year-old had previously squandered a 6-1 lead in the second set tie-break and hit 72 unforced errors to Querrey's 57.

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The Croat drew first blood in the seventh game of the opening set and they wasted a set point on the return in the ninth game that proved to be crucial.

Cilic had also become the most successful Croatian Davis Cup player in history on Friday when winning his 37th rubber against Tiafoe but the world number six was found wanting when, after winning the opening set on a tiebreak, he stood on the verge of a commanding lead.

In a contest with nothing at stake except pride, Marcel Granollers of Spain defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-7 (2), 6-3, 13-11 in the final singles match of their Davis Cup semifinal on Sunday.

"You know I can not focus on that", Ramos said.

Bryan and Sock won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

The American then broke his opponent three times across the final two sets to claim a 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-4 success that forced a deciding fifth match in the tie.

The meaningless last singles rubber, between Dennis Novak and Jordan Thompson, was canceled.

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