Croatia eases to 2-0 over France in Davis Cup final

Krajan salutes ‘dream team

Krajan salutes ‘dream team

"As long as we are not definitely dead, we always try to hang on to something", Noah, who has guided France to three of their 10 Davis Cup final triumphs, said.

The world number 12 galloped through the opening set as Chardy's service temporarily collapsed and went on to win the match 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours 19 minutes.

Croatia will clinch their second Davis Cup title if their doubles pair of Mate Kovic and Ivan Dodig can beat Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Saturday.

"They've got a hard match but they're an experienced team and we will fight to hold on".

Chardy, according to Croatia's captain Zeljko Krajan, could have proved France's joker in the pack after being surprisingly selected for opening day action ahead of Lucas Pouille - the highest-ranked player available to Noah this weekend.

Chardy led 40-0 in his first service game. He was overwhelmed by Coric's deep groundstrokes in the first set, dropping 14 consecutive points at one point to trail 4-0.

Cilic, who squandered a two set lead in the 2016 final against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, exorcised those demons in a convincing dismissal of a valiant but underpowered Tsonga.

Former Australian Open finalist Tsonga, now ranked 259 after a season plagued by injury problems, failed to put Cilic under any real pressure, and missed all five of the break points that did come his way.

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But the cameos only served to underline Cilic's mastery.

Tsonga said he had felt pain in his adductor muscle and would have to wait and see whether he will be able to play in the reverse singles on Sunday, should the tie still be alive.

He played out the rest of the contest, but Cilic clinched the victory with an overhead victor on match point.

Tsonga faced an onslaught from Cilic in the opening set and had no answers.

"Once I know what it is, I'll be able to say if I can play or not", said Tsonga.

"The Croatians were just on a different level", Noah reflected.

Coric played in the first singles match against Chardy on the French clay - a surface chosen by the hosts in the hope it gives them an advantage. "We have been way behind".

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