Davis Cup: Marin Cilic to open for Croatia against Argentina's Federico Delbonis in final

Zagreb: Croatia's top-ranked player Marin Cilic and Argentine Federico Delbonis will get the 2016 Davis Cup final underway in the tie's opening singles rubber on Friday, followed by a clash between Ivo Karlovic and Juan Martin Del Potro.

World number six Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open winner, will start as a strong favourite against Delbonis while 37-year-old Karlovic returns to Croatia's Davis Cup squad after a four-year absence to face 2009 U.S. Open winner Del Potro.

Croatia's Marin Cilic (L) and Argentina's Federico Delbonis pose for a picture after the official Davis Cup finals draw. Reuters

Croatia's Marin Cilic (L) and Argentina's Federico Delbonis pose for a picture after the official Davis Cup finals draw. Reuters

Thursday's draw in the iconic Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall also pitted Croatia's Franko Skugor and Ivan Dodig against Leonardo Mayer and Guido Pella in Saturday's doubles. Skugor has come in to replace Borna Coric in the Croatian team.

Cilic will take on Del Potro and Karlovic is scheduled to face Delbonis in Sunday's reverse singles.

"I think Croatia are the favourites but we are confident. We are very proud to be here," Del Potro said at the draw ceremony on Thursday.

Croatia, winners in 2005, are bidding for their second title while quadruple runners-up Argentina are looking for their first, standing out as the only nation to have lost four finals without lifting the trophy.

Argentina have a 3-0 Davis Cup record against Croatia, winning quarter-finals in 2002 and 2012 in Buenos Aires and 2006 in Zagreb.

(With inputs from Reuters)


Updated Date: Nov 24, 2016 18:27 PM

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