Croatia will rely on experienced Ivo Karlovic in the Davis Cup Final. He will become the oldest man to feature in a singles event in 96 years after Thursday’s draw set. Croatian tennis player will clash with Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.
Karlovic was a non-playing member of the Croatian team which won the title in 2005. The 37-year-old player will make a comeback after a four-year absence to international team competition. He will hunt for his first home triumph on home soil for Croatia.
The Croatian will become the eldest man to take part in singles rubber in a Davis Cup Final on Friday. He will break the record since 43-year-old Australian Norman Brookes in 1920.
On the other hand, Marin Cilic will open his nation’s quest for a second Davis Cup title. This event, if occurs, will happen 11 years after Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic won over Slovakia in Bratislava.
Cilic, the world No. 6, will play Federico Delbonis in opening singles match on Friday. The fact that he has won both of their previous encounters will strengthen his chances of winning this time as well. He won at Geneva in 2016 and Hamburg in 2012 in straight sets.
Cilic admitted that Federico is a great player and he hopes for a tie. He knows this very well that if he secures a win, then there will be less pressure on Ivo and more pressure on Juan Martin.
Marin Cilic will carry the burden of expectation on his shoulders for his nation this weekend. Interestingly, the world No. 20 Karlovic had made a well-timed comeback was necessary for his team. Zeljko Karajan’s team will play without Borna Coric as the 20-year-old failed to recover from his knee injury.
Franko Skugor, the doubles specialist of Croatia, will play along with Ivan Dodig. Ivan is confident that the home team will play quite well as there are plenty of options ahead of Saturday’s game.