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

Frances Tiafoe reflects on his Davis Cup singles nomination

Frances Tiafoe reflects on his Davis Cup singles nomination

The U.S. had to win to keep their World Group semi-final tie alive in Zadar after Croatia had won the opening two singles rubbers on Friday and the 22-time Grand Slam victor Bryan, who came out of Davis Cup retirement for the tie, delivered.

It took a remarkable show of resilience from the USA pair to rescue the tie in a high-quality doubles featuring four players who have all won Grand Slam titles.

Dodig and Pavic actually had set points in both the first two sets - at 5-3 in the first set and in the second set tiebreak - only for Bryan and his 26-year-old partner to save them both before taking their two-set lead.

Ramos gave Williams three code violations in her straight-sets loss to Naomi Osaka last weekend, and the American great argued she wasn't being treated the same as some male players. "That one will be on a highlight reel for a while", Courier said.

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.

Croatia's world No.6 Cilic is set to face Steve Johnson in the duel between the side's two top players but USA captain Jim Courier could bring in Sam Querrey for the pivotal fourth rubber. "He was serving really good and also hitting well from the back", Cilic said.

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

"I don't know", he said, adding that "it's always a little bit more nervous" to play in the Davis Cup. The reverse singles are on Sunday.

The victor on an outdoor clay court along the Dalmatian coast will meet either France or Spain in the final.

Paire beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 on the indoor hard court at Stade Pierre Mauroy before France's No. 1 player Pouille defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

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