Davis Cup: Croatia to face Australia in semi-finals after knocking out Spain | Tennis News

Croatia will face Australia in the Davis Cup semi-finals after Marin Cilic’s three-set win over Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated hosts Spain in Malaga.

Cilic rebounded from losing the opening set 7-5 to win the second 6-3 and then recovered from 4-1 down in the deciding-set tiebreak to close it out 7-5, complete victory in three hours and 13 minutes and silence the partisan home crowd.

The 34-year-old’s triumph gave Croatia – runners-up to Russia in the 2021 Davis Cup – an unassailable 2-0 lead and set up a meeting with Australia on Friday.

Borna Coric had earlier sent down 12 aces and staved off the only break point he encountered as he beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in a little under two hours in Wednesday’s opening rubber.

Borna Coric, Croatia, Davis Cup (Associated Press)
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Borna Coric defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 7-6 in Wednesday’s first rubber

Australia – 28-time champions in the Davis Cup – had progressed into the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Netherlands on Tuesday as both Jordan Thompson and Alex de Minaur recovered from a set down to win their singles matches in three.

Thompson beat Tallon Griekspoor 4-6 7-5 6-3, while De Minaur overcame Botic van de Zandschulp 5-7 6-3 6-4.

The final two quarter-finals take place on Thursday with Germany up against Canada and Italy taking on 32-time champions USA, with the winners to contest the second semi-final on Saturday.

The final will then be held on Sunday.