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Sport Defending champions Croatia beaten in Davis Cup opener, Italy upset

08:40  19 november  2019
08:40  19 november  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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open the inaugural Davis Cup Finals with a 3-0 victory over defending champions Croatia in Madrid on Monday. clinched the point for Russia by fighting back to beat Croatian number one Borna Coric 6-7 Berrettini and Fognini boosted Italy 's hopes of making the quarters with a hard-fought doubles

Croatia opened their title defence with a loss to Russia at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in Madrid on Monday as victories from Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov got the two-time winners off to a strong start.

Karen Khachanov holding a racket and a ball: Russia star Karen Khachanov © Getty Images Russia star Karen Khachanov

Croatia's hopes of defending their Davis Cup title took a huge early blow as they were beaten 3-0 by Russia in Madrid on Monday.

Champions a year ago, Croatia's chances of even progressing from the first stage in the 2019 Finals already look remote – with Rafael Nadal's Spain still to play in Group B.

Croatia took on Russia on centre court following the opening ceremony in a match-up that was hindered by key withdrawals ahead of the tournament.

Marin Cilic, who led Croatia to victory in 2018, missed out with injury, while Russia's Daniil Medvedev ducked out citing fatigue.

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  Modric: We'll see if one day I can play in Italy Luka Modric is focused on Real Madrid, but discussed a potential move to Serie A.The 34-year-old claimed the Golden Foot award on Tuesday, almost a year after winning the Ballon d'Or following a tremendous 2018.

Croatia opened their title defence with a loss to Russia at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in Madrid on Monday as victories from Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov got The South Americans are playing at the top level of Davis Cup tennis for the first time, having never played in the old World Group.

The new-look Davis Cup finals kicked off with victories for Canada, Belgium and Russia in Madrid. Shapovalov edges Berrettini in tie-break tussle as Canada, Belgium and Russia win openers . Shapovalov edges Berrettini as Canada beat Italy . Defending champions Croatia fell to a 3-0 defeat to Russia on the opening day in Madrid.

Russia dealt with the absence of their number one in far more convincing fashion than Croatia, though, with Borna Gojo comfortably eased out 6-3 6-3 by Andrey Rublev in the first of three contests.

The two remaining star names did battle next, but Russia again came out on top as Karen Khachanov rallied past Borna Coric 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4.

Karen Khachanov (L) of Russia celebrates winning match point against Borna Coric of Croatia during Day 1 of the 2019 Davis Cup at La Caja Magica on November 18, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. © Getty Images Karen Khachanov (L) of Russia celebrates winning match point against Borna Coric of Croatia during Day 1 of the 2019 Davis Cup at La Caja Magica on November 18, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

And then Rublev and Khachanov teamed up for a straight-sets doubles success against Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic.

Elsewhere, there was an upset as Italy went down to Canada 2-1, with both Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini beaten in singles play.

Nadal dethrones Croatia and puts Spain into last eight

  Nadal dethrones Croatia and puts Spain into last eight Croatia's hopes of retaining the Davis Cup are over after they were beaten by hosts Spain in Madrid.Nadal sealed the hosts' passage into the last eight at La Caja Magica with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Borna Gojo, the world number one's 26th consecutive singles win in the competition.

Marin Cilic powers Croatia to Davis Cup triumph over France, ably supported by teammate Borna Coric. A visibly upset France captain Yannick Noah, who led his nation to Davis The Davis Cup in its present format is being revamped to an 18-nation World Cup -style event to be held in Madrid in

The Croatian victory will see them as the final champions of the tournament in its current guise, as widespread rule changes are Cilic also won his match on Friday as his team set up Sunday's victory - and their first Davis Cup since 2005. A doubles victory by France earlier on Sunday had kept French

Vasek Pospisil, ranked 150th in the world, defeated Khachanov at the US Open and claimed another scalp against Fognini, before Berrettini was turned over by Denis Shapovalov.

Italy sent in their two stars for the doubles, where they gained a measure of revenge over Pospisil and Shapovalov, winning in three.

Karen Khachanov © Getty Images Karen Khachanov

Belgium survived David Goffin's awful start to his rubber to win 2-1 against Colombia.

Steve Darcis had earlier seen off Santiago Giraldo in straight sets, but Goffin fell four games behind in the opener against Daniel Elahi Galan before staging a fightback.

He won 3-6 6-3 6-3, although Colombia got on the board with a doubles comeback from Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

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