Marin Cilic and Borna Coric won their singles matches to guide Croatia 2-0 against hosts France in the Davis Cup final. World number seven Cilic on Saturday defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the second singles match.
Tsonga, at number 259 in world ranking, dropped serve in the sixth game to go down 4-2 and then lost the first set. The 33-year-old Frenchman missed all five of his break-point chances. Although he came back with more aggressive attack in the second set, he threw away those chances of two break points against Celic’s serve. Then the Croatian went on to win the game, posing a two straight set lead.
Celic led the third set 3-2 after Tsonga committed a double fault, taking easy points from the opponent. Later, Tsonga had medical time out in the third set and completed the contest, but Cilic won the match with massive points.
Earlier, Croatia’s Borna Coric, who ranked at 12 defeated 40th-ranked Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in the first singles match.
France has little hope for the Davis Cup title as the duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut take on the Croatians Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in Saturday’s double match.