Borna Coric put 2018 champions Croatia on the right track for a second successive look within the Davis Cup remaining with a cushty 6-4, 6-3 semifinal win over Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis in Malaga, Spain on Friday for a 1-0 lead.
Croatia, who have been crushed by the Russian Tennis Federation within the 2021 title conflict, can now safe a gathering with both Italy or Canada in Sunday’s remaining if former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic will get previous Alex De Minaur within the second singles rubber.
Australia are attempting to achieve their first remaining since 2003 — after they gained their twenty eighth title — and captain Lleyton Hewitt chosen Kokkinakis for the opening contest rather than Jordan Thompson, who performed towards the Netherlands within the quarters.
However regardless of an encouraging begin, the 26-year-old got here undone in the direction of the tip of a good opening set as Coric went up 5-4 and grabbed the one break of the set to take the early benefit within the contest.
Coric, who beat Kokkinakis of their solely earlier assembly in Tokyo this yr, raised his degree within the subsequent set and broke for a 4-2 lead after which he by no means seemed again because the two-times champions went forward within the tie.
De Minaur will likely be aiming to make sure that Australia keep away from falling within the semi-finals but once more, with the staff shedding at this stage in 2006, 2015 and 2017 beforehand.
However a victory will imply staff mates Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell face Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in a rematch of their Wimbledon doubles remaining this yr, the place the Australian duo emerged triumphant in 5 units.
Italy and Canada will contest the second semi-final on Saturday.
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Publish date: 2022-11-26 03:14:55
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