Through the legs: Coric's 'tweener' draws bows at Davis Cup

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Since it was the first violation of the match, it was only a warning.

Croatia leads the U.S. 2-0 after day one of the Davis Cup semi-finals while France looks in control over Spain in the second tie on Friday.

Querrey, drafted in by US captain Jim Courier as a replacement for his number one Steve Johnson, was one set down and saved five straight set points in the second before rallying to earn a shock 6-7 (2) 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-4 win.

The normally collected Cilic lost his cool after committing a series of uncharacteristic errors late in the third set.

Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final, officiated the second match without incident.

Coric then outlasted Tiafoe 6-7 (0-7) 6-1 6-7 (11-13) 6-1 6-3 to send Croatia into their first final since 2016.

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The world No. 6 needed two hours and 14 minutes on Friday to give his team a 2-0 lead over the United States in this semi-final tie, which is being played on outdoor clay at the Sportski centar Visnjik venue in this southwestern city, reports Efe.

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France will host Croatia in the 2018 Davis Cup final after the French pounded Spain over the weekend and Croatia scraped by the U.S.

Croatia raced to a commanding 2-0 lead over the United States on the opening day of their Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar on Friday.In the first rubber Borna Coric, world number 18, justified his favourite's tag and defeated Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

While Coric proved more consistent in the end, Tiafoe's ability to run down shot after shot dragged many points on longer than expected.

"You know I can not talk about that", Ramos said.

Pavic and Dodig took charge in the third set, breaking their opponents in games two and four to claim the set 6-1 and stay in touch, winning the fourth set in the tie break as well to set up a decider.

Dominic Thiem overcame a spirited fightback by Alex de Minaur to give Austria a 3-1 victory over Australia in a Davis Cup World Group playoff on Sunday.

The meaningless last singles rubber, between Dennis Novak and Jordan Thompson, was canceled.

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