In a three-hour battle, Marin Cilic came from behind to overcome Pablo Carreno Busta and advance Croatia to the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
After falling behind 4-1 in the crucial tiebreaker, Cilic battled back to beat Spain 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in 3 hours, 13 minutes and give Croatia a 2-0 victory.
Croatia took the lead after Borna Coric defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the opening singles encounter. After suffering three straight losses, Croatia defeated Spain for the first time in the Davis Cup, setting up a matchup with Australia in the semifinals.
The squad made an amazing effort, according to Cilic.
“It’s such a fantastic honour and honor to secure the victory over the consistently excellent Spanish side and to earn another point for the team Croatia.” The 2014 U.S. Open champion Cilic produced 15 double-faults along with 20 aces in the triumph, which extended his Davis Cup singles record to 33-15. He committed two double faults in the 11th game of the first set as he was being broken, but after Carreno Busta had a double fault of his own on break point in the second set, he went 4-2 up and began his comeback.
Coric and Cilic were both members of the Croatian squad that triumphed in the Davis Cup for a second time in 2018 for their nation. The partisan crowd was quieted earlier when Coric defeated Bautista Agut with his 12th ace on his third match point.
Coric stated of the 7,500 boisterous spectators, “I enjoy the large stage, I like the loud crowd.”
It provides me with additional motivation.
In the entire match, Bautista Agut only had one break point, which he failed to capitalize on.
Today, I felt very, very good on the serve, and I believe it ultimately made the difference, according to Coric.
The second set was temporarily stopped by two climate change activists entering the court. They were removed by security personnel.
On Thursday, when Canada plays Germany and the United States plays Italy, the quarterfinals come to a close. The title will be decided on Sunday after the semifinals on Friday and Saturday. Each matchup consists of two best-of-three-set singles matches and one doubles match.