croatia edges closer to the final with doubles triumph
Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig engineered a thrilling win over Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to give Croatia a 2-1 lead over France in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal on Saturday.
With Cilic starting as a strong favourite against Richard Gasquet in Sunday’s opening reverse singles, the outcome of the absorbing doubles contest put the competition’s 2005 winners in a commanding position to reach their second final.
Andy and Jamie Murray have given Great Britain hope that a comeback is on as the brothers claimed victory in the doubles to reduce Argentina’s lead to 2-1 in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals.
Around 19 hours after losing the longest match of his career, Andy returned to the Emirates Arena court, teaming up with his older brother to beat Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 61 36 64 64 in two hours and 55 minutes.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 135 teams entered in 2016. The competition is 116 years old having been founded in 1900.