They won 5-7, 6-3 and 7-6 (5) and gave Croatia the qualification for the semifinals. Coric had beaten Bautista in the first individual
The first two players in the ranking are Spanish and have won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments this year, but none of them has been in the Martn Carpena of Malaga and Spain, six-time champion of the tournament and host country, was eliminated by Croatia in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup Finals. After the defeat of Roberto Bautista against Borna Coric came that of Pablo Carreo against Marin Cilic. It was not necessary for the doubles match to be played. Injured Carlos Alcaraz and with Rafael Nadal on tour to play bowling In Latin America, the team led by Sergi Bruguera found too much enemy in last year’s finalists and two-time winners of the Salad Bowl, whom they had beaten in their three previous qualifiers.
The company seemed difficult. Not surprisingly, Croatia has won in recent years to be at the top of the ranking, in which Spain occupies second place. Bruguera’s words warning of the speed of the field, appealing to the need to team up and claiming the support of the stands showed how delicate the matter was. Croatia will play against Australia this Friday in the semifinals, while Spain, unless it deserves one of the two invitations for the next edition, duty to play a tie in Marchthe old fashioned way.
In a match that was something like Russian roulette, Marin Cilic ended up beating himself and a Pablo Carreo who let him revive after his dismal first set. The Balcánico won 5-7, 6-3 and 7-6 (5), in three hours and 16 minutes. This is not the competition of the Asturian, who a few months ago won his first Masters 1000 in Canada and in Tokyo he hung the Olympic bronze. This time he had to act as number 1 and he did not know how to bring order to a chaotic match, where emotions weighed more than tennis. It has three wins and six losses in its overall balance in individual.
There was a fact that caused concern in the Spanish team: despite the fact that Cilic had only a 40% success rate with the first serve and committed five double faults in the first two games, Carreo was unable to take advantage of any of his first five chances. of breakage. He was right in the fifth game, after raising two threats on his own serve. The game was different from what could be expected. On his return to the Davis Cup, the Croatian number 1 turned out to be a box of surprises. Champion of the 2014 United States Open and a midfielder in the second Salad Bowl conquered by his country, in 2018, among other holders of a brilliant career, Cilic has always distinguished himself for his synthetic tennis, based on a great serve and a powerful right. Another thing is that, at 34 years old, and although still 17 in the ranking, his game has lost reliability.
an old worn out car
In jerks, like an old car that as soon as it stalls and from time to time reaches top speed, he managed to delay the first set, but it was almost impossible that with such a number of errors and such discontinuity in the exchanges he could make it his own. Carreo took it, as he could not be otherwise. Since he played the final in Tel Aviv against Novak Djokovic, on October 2, Cilic had only won one game out of the four played..
Better in the second set, the Croatian was unable to convert his successive leads in the third. Twice I returned Carreo de break adverse in the third, where he had 4-1 on his side in the tiebreaker. The fans of Martn Carpena had the right to dream that the duel would be resolved in the doubles match. But there, although fearful and unsure of himself, the best Cilic emerged, who, however, left the track with 20 direct aces and 15 double faults.
Coric, who had beaten Bautista in their last four duels, defined each of the sets with direct kick-offs. It was there, with the service, where he made a difference in a fairly even match. add 12 aces and did not grant a single break option. The first two games lasted 14 minutes, a preview of what the confrontation could be, fought by both from the beginning.
Champion this year in the Cincinnati Masters 1000, beating Bautista himself 6-2 and 6-3 in the round of 16, the Croatian number two, 26 in the world, has been less than what he seemed in his promising beginnings, partly beaten due to injuries, such as the one suffered in a shoulder that recently kept him off the slopes for a year. The public of the Martín Carpena pushed theirs to make him feel the discomfort of measuring himself against the host, but did not shake his hand at the time of closing the quarter with a direct kick, in the same way that he would put the culmination of the game in the fourth match point.