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Cilic helps Croatia crush Australia in Davis Cup opener

The man with the most Davis Cup wins in Croatia’s history did it again against Australia

Marin Cilic Croatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates after winning his match against Australia’s Alex De Minaur (Panoramic)

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Croatia thrashed Australia 3-0 in their Davis Cup tie in Turin, with Borno Gojo and Marin Cilic doing the business in singles.

Gojo – the current world No 276 – beat Alexei Popyrin 7-6(5), 7-5 – saving all five of the break points he faced – while Cilic beat Alex de Minaur 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

The 33-year-old holds all of Croatia’s Davis Cup records in singles – most wins in total, most singles wins, most ties played, and most years played.

And perhaps unsurprisingly Australian misery was compounded after the doubles, as world No 1 Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic paired up to defeat de Minaur and John Peers 6-3, 6-1.

Australia play Hungary on Saturday in the next Group D tie; with a 0-3 record so far, a better string of results is essential if they are to progress.

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