Croatia Advances to Davis Cup Quarterfinals, Leaving Canada in its Trail

By 4 February 2018

After a sensational turnaround in couples on Saturday, when Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig won for a 2:1 lead in matches in the 1st round of the Davis Cup World Group, a new tennis drama was expected on Sunday

However, Borna Ćorić masterfully did his task in Osijek and in three sets overpowered one of the biggest tennis talents of the world Denis Shapovalov, with three sets of 6:4. Croatia is celebrating the big 3:1 Victory over Canada and advancement to the Davis Cup quarterfinals where the best Croatian tennis players will meet Kazakhstan, with matches in Croatia again, as Jutarnji List reported on February 4, 2018.

Ćorić is no longer a Next Gen player at 21, but Shapovalov will be for the next 3 years, now at age 18. “I believe this is the first of many mutual matches for them in the next ten to fifteen years. Borna is always motivated when playing the Davis Cup and against such opponents,” said Croatian selector Željko Krajan.

The two player entered the match with Ćorić seeded 47th and Shapovalov 48th, with the former in the top 50 for the past three years and the latter climbed into the same category expressly, after a month of heated tennis and two tournaments.

Translated from Jutarnji List.