MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Marin Cilic rallied to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta in a three-hour match Wednesday and send Croatia into the Davis Cup semifinals.
Cilic trailed 4-1 in the decisive tiebreaker before coming back to clinch a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory after 3 hours, 13 minutes and secure a 2-0 win for Croatia over Spain.
Borna Coric upset Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first singles match to give Croatia the lead. It was Croatia's first Davis Cup victory over Spain after three previous defeats, and sets up a semifinal against Australia.
"It's an incredible effort by the team," Cilic said. "It's such a great privilege and honor to bring another point for the team Croatia and seal the win against the always strong Spanish team."
Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open winner, hit 20 aces in the match but also produced 15 double-faults in a victory that improved his Davis Cup singles record to 33-15. Hi double-faulted twice in the 11th game of the first set as he was broken, but went 4-2 up in the second set to start his comeback after Carreno Busta hit a double-fault on his own on break point.