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The French team champion behind the big scoreboard did not wait for a miracle. With the replacement of Puye Lian lost three times in the world rankings of the seventh in the Cilic world rankings, the French team lost to 1: 3 in the 2018 Davis Cup World Team Finals in Lille on the 25th. Croatia, the latter won again after 2005 .
After winning the last point, Cilic raised his arms and leaned against the red clay of Pierre Mauroy Stadium, while the other members of the Croatian team ran forward, hugged and celebrated. The Croatian team became the tenth team to win at least twice in the 118-year history of the Davis Cup.
"Not every day can become a world champion. For the whole country, this is a moment of dreams that come true," Cilic said in an interview after the game.
This year is the last in the current format of the Davis Cup tennis team. Since 2019, the event will be played in 18 teams in the finals, similar to the new World Cup system.
The team of doubles of the French team Abel / Ma's victory the previous day continued the championship hope for the tenth champion. On the day of the first singles, the captain of the French team Noah decided to replace Shadi by the Puye, the best classified of the world, against Cilic. In fact, considering that Puye won the final for the French team in the final last year, the practice of the first day of the game Noah sent Shadi played a lot of controversy.
The first 12 rounds of Puye and Cilic were released, and the first set was dragged to "grab seven". In front of Cilic, who is 1.98 meters tall, Puye frequently dropped the small ball in front of the net to mobilize the opponent. However, for Cilic to catch the victory of this game is also a small ball in front of the net, he won the "grab seven" after 7: 3 to take the lead.
In the second set, Puye made more mistakes in the personal serve of the sixth game, and was broken by Cilic. Although Puye stubbornly saved three counts in the eighth game, the game was close to 3: 5, but in the ninth game, Cilic won another set with 6: 3 after a high-quality forehand attack. In the third set, Cilic broke into the fifth game, and even led the 4-2 lead. Although Puye's ninth round solved two match points, Cilic even accurately raised the ball to the defense court before and after the opponent reached the net, thus locking the score in 6: 3. The entire game took 2 hours and 19 minutes. (Reporter Su Bin)