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Tennis: Croatians extinguish the illusions of the Blues

Borna Coric and Marin Cilic largely dominated Jérémy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday, November 23 and they offered Croatia the first two points of the Davis Cup final in Lille, badly embarked for the Blues.

The truth of the training. Yannick Noah puts it above all and always to justify his choices when he composes his team of France Davis Cup. The captain of the Blues believes what he sees, and nothing else, during the few days before the meetings, when he asks his men involvement at all times, imposes them titanic work sessions. They have been busy for almost three weeks, Jérémy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, to deserve their selection for this final final before the tradition disappears in favor of a controversial reform of the competition.

Davis Cup, the last of Yannick Noah's dears

Las. The investment was perhaps not vain, but it did not weigh very heavy Friday afternoon November 23 against the Croatian talents, imperial on the clay court of Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Borna Coric and Marin Cilic did not leave the slightest chance for the two French, overwhelmed by the slaughter of Croats. To the point that much vaunted preparation can be questioned?

Jérémy Chardy, as if paralyzed by the stakes

Jeremy Chardy in any case the first is passed to the Coric mill. The loss of his service from the outset, while leading 40-0, gave the "the" of the meeting. Never the "joker" Yannick Noah, who had played a game of poker by preferring Lucas Pouille, yet the top ranked Blues, is back in his game. As if paralyzed by the stake, heavy in its movements, the 40e At no time did the world seem able to put a Coric spinning down in difficulty. "I started badly and I got tight, commented after the meeting a Jeremy Chardy apparently more fatalistic than disappointed. I could not play my game, find the right rhythm. It must be said that Borna never let me be confident. "

Metronomic service, surgical in his defeats, powerful in forehand, the Croatian has largely justified its world ranking (12e) and his substitute place at the last London Masters. With a flawless game for a result without appeal: 6-2, 7-6, 6-4. Three small sets 2 h 19 game barely. "I played at a very good level"summed up laconic Croatian, also minimizing for later a thigh pain for which he was out a few minutes during the match. A small alert without consequences, he swears.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, overwhelmed and injured

Two hours later, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also left for a few moments to get treatment, but in a much more precarious situation than Coric in the previous match. The Frenchman was then led 2 sets to 0, and it was not already clear how he could turn the tide. Blame it on a Marin Cilic as dominating as his teammate, and revealing the current limitations of a Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returning from injury. Too fast, too soon? Still, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the match on one leg, refusing the abandonment however considered during the interruption of the game.

Davis Cup: the tennis world is falling apart in a big blur

A baroud of honor for nothing, obviously, and again a bad score for this duel damaged: 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. In the stands, the Croatian public exults. On the tricolor side, it is the extinction of voices. Led 2-0, the Blues defending title are poorly shipped. Tomorrow, the pair Nicolas Mahut-Pierre-Hugues Herbert enters the scene to maintain hope. "We still believe in it, but here it's hard"summed up Yannick Noah in the late afternoon. Effectively.

Jean-Luc Ferré



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