Cilic, center back to the camera, celebrates his victory over Pouille during the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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Marin Cilic clinched Croatia's second Davis Cup title by crushing France's Lucas Pouille 7-6(3) 6-3 6-3 to give his side a decisive 3-1 lead in an historic final at Lille's Stade Pierre Mauroy Sunday.Cilic wasted four set points when Pouille battled back from 0-40 down at 2-5 in the second set but with his own serve rock-solid he calmly moved into a two-set lead.Cilic broke for a 3-2 lead in the third set and then closed in for the kill when Pouille served at 3-5 .The Frenchman saved two match points from 0-40 but Cilic would not be denied and finished it off with a delightful lob.Noah had surprisingly left Pouille, the highest-ranked player in his team, out of Friday's opening singles matches and the gamble backfired as Jeremy Chardy was hammered by Borna Coric and Cilic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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