Marin Cilic opened up after Croatia’s Davis Cup win over Spain and admitted that the result could have been very different if Rafael Nadal had played in the tie. On Wednesday, Croatia defeated Spain 2-0 to advance to the Davis Cup semifinal in Malaga.
After Borna Coric defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in the first match of the tie, Cilic defeated Pablo Carreño Busta 5-7 6-3 7-6(5) to secure the victory for Croatia. Unfortunately, Spain could not count on its two best players: Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz.
Nadal recently revealed that earlier this season he informed Spanish captain Sergi Bruguera that he probably would not be available this year. On the other hand, Alcaraz recently suffered an abdominal injury and was forced to skip the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals.
«Yes, you know, it would be very different, because I would say, you know, they are both… you know, Rafa, you know, he has been his whole career, you know, a team leader and, you know, with his own results and has always enjoyed this team atmosphere.
And, you know, playing singles, doubles, he’s one of the best Davis Cup players, if not the best, in that regard. And then with Carlos, a fantastic season for him. It’s a shame that he was injured in Paris-Bercy and that he couldn’t play in the Turin Masters, and he’s also at home.
So it’s very difficult for both of us. Yes, but a lot ahead for the Spanish team in the coming years, sure,» Cilic explained, quoted by Sportskeeda. For his part, Croatia will now face Australia in the semifinals.
In 2018, Cilic led Croatia to the Davis Cup title. Now, Cilic is determined to win his second Davis Cup title with Croatia.
Rafael Nadal is very happy
Rafael Nadal, who is currently in Chile on a South American tour, said he was happy to play there and had very good memories of 2013: «I am very happy to return to a country that has always given me so much love.
I have very good memories from when I was here in 2013 and I will never be able to forget my battles against Fernando González. The most important match of my career against a Chilean was the 2008 Beijing semifinals against him.
I also know Nico Massú well, we have had good times together. It was a shame. They were two games that could be won, but they ended up losing. That is the sport. Some win and others lose, you go from euphoria to sadness in a very short time. It’s disappointing to be knocked out of a competition like this, but we’ll carry on,» Rafael Nadal said.