Croatia are into the Davis Cup Finals after defeating Serbia in a dramatic semi-final clash in Madrid. Croatia’s Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić defeated Novak Đoković and Filip Krajinović 7-5, 6-1 and thus took Croatia to Sunday's Davis Cup final, where Croatia will battle for their third title against either Russia or Germany who face each other today in the second semi-final.
Croatia started the day very well when 23-year-old Borna Gojo from Split, 279th in the ATP rankings, defeated the world's 33rd tennis player Dušan Lajović 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the first individual match. “We and the players from Serbia respect each other and we are friends, but this was an important match for us and for them. It was especially important to me,” said the young star of Croatian tennis after the match.
And then Serbia fought back with the best player in the world, Novak Djokovic, beating Croatia’s Marin Cilic, 6-4, 6-2.
The best doubles players, Croatia’s Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić, then faced Djokovic and Krajinovic in the final game of the day with a place in the finals hanging in the balance. After a tense first set, which they finally won 7-5, the Croatian duo then powered past the Serbians showing just why they are ranked as the number one men’s doubles pair in the world, winning the second set 6-1.