Story of heroes, the old Davis cup gave the last frame with the current profile to a tennis player who without hardly making a noise enjoys thirty in fullness. No shine or an especially seductive game, Marin Cilic it's not just the player who managed to sign up a Grand Slam in New York (2014) and usually wars in the top-10, because this Sunday it also won its own space in the 118 years of history that were closed at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille. The Croatian signed the French ruling (1-3) by defeating Lucas Pouille (7-6, 6-3 and 6-3, in 2h 09m), awarded the second Ensaladera to his country and sealed a final more emotional than substantial.
He extended the mecha France on Saturday with the victory in the doubles, but Cilic fused Pouille with the service and did not even reach the fifth point. The Frenchman ended up crying in the arms of his captain, Yannick Noah, while the Croatian became the last great protagonist of a symbol-generating competition. At 30, Cilic is already one for Croatia. After conceding a decisive point two years ago against Juan Martín del Potro, in the Zagreb final against Argentina, he took revenge with the Lille signing.
"It's been the weekend of my dreams," said Cilic, number seven in the world, "he announced to the three last January, his best ranking– and a guy who arouses sympathy in the locker room circuit for his affable disposition; winner, up to now, of 18 titles of the ATP and finalist in Australia (2018) and Wimbledon (2017). "The US Open or this? They have nothing to do, "he continued; "Here you play for your country, we have won it as a team, all together. It is very intense. A chapter is closed, it was the last time we could win it with this format and it's wonderful. "
Without great demands, because Pouille did not propose them, Cilic was descaping the French with cold tennis and extraordinary percentages to the service. He won 89% of the points played with his first serve and 90% with the second. Pouille, meanwhile, was all the time in tow, especially after giving up the tie-breaker of the first partial. In good technical terms, at 32 of the world it is hard to find the course and since he knocked down Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows two years ago It has been decompressed. The same thing happened to him this Sunday. Delivered that first sleeve, Cilic peloteó to pleasure and closed with a beautiful balloon the last episode of the old Davis.
Positive, US Open and progressive consolidation
He (1.98 and 89 kilos), along with the young Borna Coric, Mate Pavic, Ivan Dodig and Franko Skugor, led by Zeljko Krajan, was registered with gold letters in the historic of Croatia, which had won his first Salad bowl 13 years. In 2005, Ivan Ljubicic, Mario Ancic, Ivo Karlovic and Goran Ivanisevic opened the way in Bratislava. Meanwhile, France concluded the classic period with 10 trophies, only behind the United States (32) and Australia (28), and at the same level as Great Britain.
"Not every day you become a world champion," said Cilic, who has been carving out a significant career in which a blur related to doping also appears: in 2013 he was suspended for nine months by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) when detected niketamida (a stimulant that affects the respiratory cycle) in a control carried out in Monte Carlo. The punishment was finally reduced to six, and then came the success of New York. Hence, a progressive consolidation, the settlement on the heights and the final pitch of the Davis Cup.
All the latest Grand Slam winners (Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Del Potro, Stan Wawrinka …) had the team title. Today, he too. Cilic closed the door to the old format and opened another one to the new entrance of 2019: Gerard Piqué as executive, single seat, quick surface, one week. Another concept, another world.