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Russia whitewash defending champs Croatia in Davis Cup opener

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 19, 2019 12:58

Russia whitewash defending champs Croatia in Davis Cup opener

Gerard Pique boldly described the inaugural edition of the revamped Davis Cup as a ‘new era for tennis’ but amidst all the glitz and glamour in Madrid’s La Caja Majica there was only gloom for reigning champions Croatia.

Without their injured talisman Marin Cilic and with the team in upheaval after captain Zeljko Krajan was axed two days before their opening tie against Russia, Borna Gojo lost to Andrey Rublev before Borna Coric was edged out by Karen Khachanov. To make matters worse, the tie took place in a cavernous 12,000-seat arena with little of the fabled Davis Cup atmosphere Croatia could have relied on in either Zagreb or Split.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 19, 2019 12:58

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