No Nadal, no Alcaraz as Croatia crash Spain into the Davis Cup

Marin Cilic on Wednesday led Croatia to the Davis Cup semi-finals, knocking out six-time champions Spain who have been lacking Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal, the 2 finest gamers on this planet.

World No. 17 Cilic, a former US Open champion, fought again by defeating Thirteenth-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) as Croatia booked a semi-final towards Australia .

On Wednesday, Borna Coric had set the 2005 and 2018 champions on their method, beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

Cilic, 34, who made his Davis Cup debut in 2006, misplaced the primary set, gave up a break within the decider and was 1/4 down within the tiebreak earlier than triumphing after three hours and 13 minutes in subject.

His 20 aces helped ease the harm from 15 double faults as a house crowd of 10,000 have been shocked by Croatia, runners-up to Russia within the 2021 closing.

Coric, the world No. 26, put up 14 aces to surpass his Twenty first-ranked rival whom he had already defeated on his option to the Cincinnati Masters title in the summertime.

Bautista Agut had gained seven consecutive Davis Cup matches, a streak that dates again to 2019.

The sport was briefly halted when two environmental protesters rushed onto the sector and tried to tie into the online earlier than being thrown to the bottom and ejected from the sector by safety personnel.

“I simply assume generally I used to be taking part in very good. After I wanted to assault, I attacked. After I wanted to defend, I used to be defensive,” Coric stated. “I additionally modified my tempo, which was crucial towards him. I used to be very proud of my recreation, to be trustworthy.”

The USA, 32-time Davis Cup champions, will face Italy within the quarterfinals on Thursday, whereas Germany tackle Canada.

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