Croatia Davis Cup team

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Croatia
Flag of Croatia.svg
CaptainŽeljko Krajan
ITF ranking2
Highest ITF ranking1 (December 5, 2005)
ColorsRed and white
First year1993
Years played26
Ties played (W–L)60 (37–23)
Years in
World Group
16 (18–14)
Davis Cup titles2 (2005, 2018)
Runners-up1 (2016)
Most total winsMarin Čilić (39–17)
Most singles winsMarin Čilić (29–11)
Most doubles winsGoran Ivanišević (13–5)
Ivan Ljubičić (13–6)
Best doubles teamLjubičić & Ivanišević (6–0)
Ljubičić & Ančić (6–1)
Most ties playedMarin Čilić (25)
Most years playedMarin Čilić (12)
Croatian Davis Cup team in 2011

The Croatia Davis Cup team represents Croatia in Davis Cup tennis competition and is governed by the Croatian Tennis Association. It is captained by Željko Krajan.

Croatia won the Davis Cup twice, in 2005 and in 2018, and was runner-up in 2016.

History[edit]

Croatia competed in its first Davis Cup in 1993 in Europe/Africa Group I semifinals beating Zimbabwe 3-2. In 1994 Croatia beat Portugal 4-0 in qualification round thus ensuring its first time appearance in World Group in 1995. Croatia lost in its debut from Germany and failed to qualify in the World Group again until 2002 where they beat Germany and earned its first quarterfinals. In 2005 Croatia won its first Davis Cup over Slovakia as the first unseeded nation to win the title, and also reached No. 1 at the ITF rankings for the first time. Croatia reached semifinals in 2009 but lost to Czech Republic 4-1. In 2016 Croatia reached the finals for the second time, again as unseeded nation, but lost to Argentina. Two years later, in 2018, Croatia won its second title by beating defending champion France, thus becoming the last Davis Cup champion in the old best-of-five competition format, and also the 10th country overall with more than one title.

Current team[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 Davis Cup World Group final match against France in November 2018.

Player Singles
ATP Rank
Doubles
ATP Rank
First year
played
Total
Win/Loss
Singles
Win/Loss
Doubles
Win/Loss
Marin Čilić 7 N/A 2006 37–17 27–11 10–6
Borna Ćorić 12 778 2013 9–7 9–7 0–0
Franko Škugor 492 28 2015 3–4 1–3 2–1
Mate Pavić N/A 4 2013 0–4 0–1 0–3
Ivan Dodig N/A 35 2010 11–12 2–7 9–5

Players[edit]

Key
§
Still active for the national team[nb 1]
2005 Davis Cup winner
Winners at the 2005 Davis Cup[nb 2]
2018 Davis Cup winner
Winners at the 2018 Davis Cup[nb 3]
*
Still playing active tennis
Player W-L
(Total)
W-L
(Singles)
W-L
(Doubles)
Ties Career
Mario Ančić 21–13 13–11 8–2 18 1999–2009
Ivan Beroš 1–0 1–0 0–0 1 1999
Ivan Cerović 0–1 0–1 0–0 1 2006
Marin Čilić § 39–17 29–11 10–6 25 2006–
Borna Ćorić § 10–7 10–7 0–0 12 2013–
Mate Delić * 1–4 1–4 0–0 3 2014–2015
Ivan Dodig § 11–13 2–7 9–6 16 2010–
Marin Draganja * 2–3 0–1 2–2 5 2014–2017
Viktor Galović § 1–1 1–1 0–0 2 2017–
Saša Hiršzon 11–12 6–8 5–4 9 1994–1998
Goran Ivanišević 33–11 20–6 13–5 18 1993–2003
Roko Karanušić 2–6 2–5 0–1 6 2005–2009
Ivo Karlović * 13–14 9–10 4–4 15 2000–2016
Željko Krajan 1–2 1–2 0–0 3 1998–1999
Ivan Ljubičić 36–19 23–13 13–6 22 1998–2010
Nikola Mektić § 4–1 1–1 3–0 4 2011–
Goran Orešić 1–1 1–1 0–0 2 1996
Ante Pavić * 0–1 0–1 0–0 1 2017
Mate Pavić § 0–5 0–1 0–4 4 2013–
Goran Prpić 1–5 1–3 0–2 2 1993
Igor Šarić 2–0 2–0 0–0 2 1994–1996
Franko Škugor § 3–4 1–3 2–1 5 2015–
Saša Tuksar 0–2 0–2 0–0 2 2004–2006
Ivan Vajda 0–1 0–1 0–0 1 2001
Antonio Veić * 1–2 1–2 0–0 3 2010–2012
Lovro Zovko 6–9 5–2 1–7 10 1998–2009
Total 165–129 130–104 35–25 60 1993–2018

Managers[edit]

Name Tenure Ties Won Lost Win % Best Result
Croatia Bruno Orešar 1993 2 1 1 50 1993 World Group, Qualifying round
Croatia Goran Prpić 1994 1 1 0 100 1994 Europe/Africa Group I, Semifinals
Croatia Željko Franulović 1994–1997 7 3 4 42.9 1995 World Group, First round
Croatia Goran Prpić 1998–2000 7 4 3 57.1 1999 Europe/Africa Group I, Quarterfinals
Croatia Nikola Pilić 2001–2005 12 9 3 75 2005 Champions
Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 2006 2 1 1 50 2006 World Group, Quarterfinals
Croatia Goran Prpić 2007–2011 11 6 5 54.6 2009 World Group, Semifinals
Croatia Željko Krajan 2012– 18 12 6 66.7 2018 Champions
Totals 60 37 23 61.7

Davis Cup finals[edit]

Edition Rounds/Opponents Results
2005 1R:  United States QF:  Romania SF:  Russia F:  Slovakia 1R: 3–2 QF: 4–1 SF: 3–2 F: 3–2
2016 1R:  Belgium QF:  United States SF:  France F:  Argentina 1R: 3–2 QF: 3–2 SF: 3–2 F: 2–3
2018 1R:  Canada QF:  Kazakhstan SF:  United States F:  France 1R: 3–1 QF: 3–1 SF: 3–2 F: 3–1

List of matches[edit]

Here is the list of all match-ups since 1993, when Croatia started competing as a separate nation.

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Competition Date Location Opponent Score Result
2010 World Group, First round 5–7 Mar Varaždin (CRO)  Ecuador 5–0 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 9–11 Jul Split (CRO)  Serbia 1–4 Loss
2011 World Group, First round 4–6 Mar Zagreb (CRO)  Germany 2–3 Loss
World Group, Relegation play-off 16–18 Sep Potchefstroom (RSA)  South Africa 4–1 Win
2012 World Group, First round 10–12 Feb Miki (JPN)  Japan 3–2 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 6–8 Apr Buenos Aires (ARG)  Argentina 1–4 Loss
2013 World Group, First round 1–3 Feb Turin (ITA)  Italy 2–3 Loss
World Group, Relegation play-off 13–15 Sep Umag (CRO)  Great Britain 1–4 Loss
2014 Europe/Africa Group I, Second round 4–6 Apr Warsaw (POL)  Poland 3–1 Win
World Group, Promotion play-off 12–14 Sep Amsterdam (NED)  Netherlands 3–2 Win
2015 World Group, First round 6–8 Mar Kraljevo (SRB)  Serbia 0–5 Loss
World Group, Relegation play-off 18–20 Sep Florianópolis (BRA)  Brazil 3–1 Win
2016 World Group, First round 4–6 Mar Liège (BEL)  Belgium 3–2 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 15–17 Jul Beaverton (USA)  United States 3–2 Win
World Group, Semifinals 16–18 Sep Zadar (CRO)  France 3–2 Win
World Group, Finals 25–27 Nov Zagreb (CRO)  Argentina 2–3 Runner-up
2017 World Group, First Round 3–5 Feb Osijek (CRO)  Spain 2–3 Loss
World Group, Relegation play-off 15–17 Sep Bogota (COL)  Colombia 4–1 Win
2018 World Group, First Round 2–4 Feb Osijek (CRO)  Canada 3–1 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 6–8 Apr Varaždin (CRO)  Kazakhstan 3–1 Win
World Group, Semifinals 14–16 Sep Zadar (CRO)  United States 3–2 Win
World Group, Finals 23–25 Nov Lille (FRA)  France 3–1 Champion
2019 Finals, Group B 18–21 Nov Madrid (ESP)  Spain TBD TBD
18–21 Nov Madrid (ESP)  Russia TBD TBD

Statistics[edit]

Last updated: France - Croatia ; 25 November 2018

Record
  • Champion: 2 time (2 time Away)
  • Runner-up: 1 time
  • Lost in Semifinals: 1 time
  • Lost in Quarterfinals: 5 times
  • Lost in First Round: 7 times
  • Not in World Group: 10 times
  • World Group Play-off: 8–5; Total Play-off: 9–6
  • Performance at home: 19–9 (68%)
  • Performance away: 18–14 (56.2%)
  • Total: 37–23 (61.7%)

Has never played against 12 countries which, at one point or another, played in the World Group: Belarus, Cuba, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland.

Junior Davis Cup[edit]

Finals 1998 (lost to Spain 1-2) and 1999 (lost to USA 0-3) [1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Players considered active are the ones who have been called up for the national team in the last 12 months.
  2. ^ Goran Ivanišević and Ivo Karlović were called up for the finals but did not participate.
  3. ^ Franko Škugor, Nikola Mektić and Viktor Galović were part of team but did not participate in the final.

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