Davis Cup: France to host final in Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy for second year running; face tough test against Croatia
France will host Croatia in their Davis Cup final from 23-25 November in Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy, the home of French Ligue 1 club Lille and venue for last year's final.
Paris: Reigning Davis Cup champions France will return to Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy for the final clash against Croatia in November, the French tennis federation (FFT) announced on Friday.
The stadium, home of French Ligue 1 football club Lille, also hosted last year's final against Belgium, and the semi-final win over Spain last weekend. France lost the 2014 final to a Switzerland team inspired by Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka at the same venue.
Yannick Noah's home side will be bidding for an 11th Davis Cup title in the final year before the tournament is revamped, but face a tough test against a Croatia outfit including world number six Marin Cilic and the in-form youngster Borna Coric.
The final will take place from 23-25 November.
Ruud, seeded No 1, beat Coria 6-3, 6-3 after winning in the semis against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena. He did not drop a set in the tournament.
Tsitispas, who gave up a two-set lead to lose the Roland Garros final to Novak Djokovic last month, went down 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
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The British pair led Cilic and Dodig by a set and a break but suffered a late collapse as the Croatians prevailed in a deciding tie-break to win 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 10-7