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No Nadal, no Alcaraz as Croatia send Spain crashing in Davis Cup

Marin Cilic on Wednesday led Croatia into the Davis Cup semifinals, knocking out six-time champions Spain who were missing Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal, the…

Marin Cilic on Wednesday led Croatia into the Davis Cup semifinals, knocking out six-time champions Spain who were missing Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal, the world’s two top-ranked players.

World number 17 Cilic, a former US Open champion, fought back to defeat 13th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) as Croatia booked a semifinal clash against Australia.

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Cilic, 34, triumphed after three hours and 13 minutes on court.

Earlier Wednesday, Borna Coric had set the 2005 and 2018 champions on their way, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).