Carlos Ramos, umpire involved in US Open final controversy, returns to court

Ramos returned to action

Ramos returned to action

Cilic breezed through the first set in 26 minutes, but Tiafoe pushed the 2014 U.S. Open victor over the second half of the match.

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

Cilic appeared to be cruising to a comfortable 2-0 sets lead as he was up by a break in the second set but Querrey recovered from a break down to force a tie-break.

Croatia will now take on defending champions France in November's final, which will be hosted by the French.

"That was unbelievable. This is the most special moment of my whole life", said a thrilled Coric on court afterwards.

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.

With his 37th Davis Cup victory, Cilic moved atop Croatia's all-time list, one ahead of Ivan Ljubicic.

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Coric, though, demonstrated why he is seen as one of the sport's best prospects, holding his nerve against the equally brilliant young American and proving too solid over the final two sets as he finally prevailed after four hours six minutes.

Jim Courier's team were without two top players - John Isner, the world number 10 who stayed home for family reasons, and the injured Jack Sock. "It is one the best matches I have played in my career", Querrey said post-match.

Cilic and Coric both won the opening rubbers in straight sets to put Croatia in a strong position after the opening day.

The 29-year-old had previously squandered a 6-1 lead in the second set tie-break and hit 72 unforced errors to Querrey's 57.

"I just hung in there".

Substitute Sam Querrey - who replaced Steve Johnson - had earlier given the USA hope when he brought the overall score back to 2-2 with a surprise victory over Marin Cilic.

"It's well deserved", France captain Yannick Noah said. "Now, with the chance of back-to-back wins, this is going to be an opportunity for us to go into the history books".

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