Cilic and Croatia, Del Potro and Argentina Advance to Underdogs Davis Cup Final
by Staff | September 18th, 2016, 7:03 pm

Croatia downed France, and Argentina topped Andy Murray and Great Britain in the Davis Cup semifinals over the weekend, setting up a final where the Croats will host Argentina at the end of November.
The Croats won in their first singles match on Sunday when Marin Cilic straight-setted Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to clinch the tie 3-1.

“It’s been a great weekend and I am at a loss for words to describe how I feel,” said Cilic. “I was really motivated for today’s match, having played with a lot of intensity all three days. I was aggressive and served very well, which I needed to in order to dictate the rallies. The crowd helped me stay focused throughout the match.”

The Argentina-Great Britain tie went the distance as Britain’s lack of depth hurt them in the end. In the fifth match Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer beat Brit Challenger-level player Dan Evans. Mayer replaced Juan Martin del Potro in the fifth match, coming from a set down for the 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win.

“It was a great victory to beat Great Britain here in Glasgow,” said Argentine captain Daniel Orsanic, who subbed Mayer for Del Potro after the former US Open champ played eight hours of tennis over the first two days. “Leo’s match was something we believed could happen, but I think it was a great effort from his part after playing a little nervous in the first set. He came out with his best tennis, with the tennis we used to see, with the tennis that made him win a lot of Davis Cup matches.”

Argentina is 0-4 in Davis Cup finals since joining the contest in 1921.

Croatia won its lone Davis cup title in 2005.

Del Potro set the tone for Argentina on the opening day, defeating Murray in five sets. In the Saturday double del Potro and Mayer lost to the Murray brothers in a long four-setter. Murray beat Argentine Guido Pella to force the fifth and deciding match.

“It’s a very special moment for the whole team,” Orsanic said.

The Croats will look to become the lone nation to win two Davis Cup titles as an unseeded team on Nov. 25-27.

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13 Comments for Cilic and Croatia, Del Potro and Argentina Advance to Underdogs Davis Cup Final

el_matador Says:

it’s fascinating to know that Argentina,one of the most consistent performers in davis cup in 21st century reaching final is regarded as “underdogs final”..but they will surely find a way to lose in the final,no?

J-Kath Says:


It will depend if Del Potro is prepared to make as many sacrifices as may be required, i.e. playing 3 of the matches if needed.

AndyMira Says:

Sorry for steal this thread for a minute guys..

GILES…Have you already seen this?

RZ Says:

If I were the French Davis Cup captain, I would probably choose Gilles Simon over Richard Gasquet. Gasquet is the better player but he can’t handle nerves. Simon doesn’t seem to get nervous and even if he loses he tends to extend matches to 5 sets so he would help tire our opponents who have to play a second time over the weekend.

RZ Says:

I hope DelPo finally gets his Davis Cup crown! A lot will depend on the teams’ star players. I would assume that both DelPo and Cilic will bring their A-games.

Giles Says:

AM. Thanx. The usual yap yap yap. They keep repeating themselves, so boring.

AndyMira Says:

Giles..You’re welcome..Btw..have you heard/read the latest news bout Rafa?

jane Says:

Neil Harman
Now comes conundrum for international tennis, selling Davis Cup final between Croatia and Argentina. Who, bar those nations, will watch it?


classy harman!

RZ Says:

@Jane – LOL. He clearly didn’t see DelPo getting serenaded at the US Open.

Willow Says:

AndyMira same old, same old, nothing to see here move on ….

Giles Says:

AM. Yes I have. Don’t worry about it. 🤓

Khb Says:

Rafa needs luck because he can’t play singles matches without uncle toni coaching signals. Lol at fedal being old at age 27.
Who wants to gain advantage when Fedal are a mess? Lol

Del Potro comes out of semi-retirement and actually competes in Davis Cup, unlike Frederina. Clearly, DP wasn’t down and out like the so-called tennis fans claimed.

Willow Says:

Khb your posts never seem to make any sense ….

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