Croatia Reaches QFs
The pair has won nine tour-level titles this season and showed their experience to move past Fabian Marozsan and Peter Nagy 7-6(6), 6-2 in one hour and 30 minutes to seal a 2-1 win for Croatia against Hungary.
“We wanted to win and give a statement and now we will go into tomorrow’s match with confidence,” Mektic said. “We won a tight first set again, but we are happy to win.”
In the first rubber on Sunday, Croatian Nino Serdarusic moved past Marozsan 6-4, 6-4 after 72 minutes. The World No. 242 was strong on serve, winning 95 per cent (36/38) of points behind his first delivery and struck seven aces.
Croatia wins the group, having also beaten Australia in Turin, and plays Italy in the quarter-finals on Monday.
Colombia ended its Davis Cup Finals campaign with a 2-1 victory against the United States, but it was not enough to secure its qualification from Group E in Turin.
The United States needed to win the tie 3-0 to have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals, and Tiafoe gave the former champion’s hope, firing 11 aces and winning 84 per cent (53/63) of his first-serve points to triumph.