Tuesday , May 18 2021

Noah left no chance before the end of the Davis Cup Tennis

In the last 10 days, captain French have paid enough attention to the smallest details that can ruin your team's chances and prevent them from conquering the title Davis Cup when playing against Croatia this weekend.

"The most important thing is to spend as much time as possible together thinking about this final", said Noah, who called his players to rigorous training at a camp in northern France, with about two weeks before the final.

"You can imagine being trained in Paris … Once the day is over, everyone goes home."said Noah. "Actually, you lost focus, here, once we woke up, we thought about the final, when we started running in the morning, it was still dark, but we were in the final, when we were eating, we thought about the final."

France won the Davis Cup in 1991, 1996 and 2017 in the hands of Noah, but will resign after this weekend and will be replaced by Amelie Mauresmo.

Noah has been synonymous with success since he took over the captain in 2016.

Although their individual results have not been highlighted, Noah's players have reached the Davis semifinals every year under their last trust, losing only once to Croatia in 2016. They beat Belgium in last year's final and now they have the chance to win the final final to be played in its traditional format . Starting next year, the most prominent men's team tournament in tennis will be decided by a competition at the end of the season where 18 teams will participate on neutral sites.

"We have a unique opportunity, which won't happen again, playing the Davis Cup final at home", said Noah.

Croatia are favorites to win the title for the second time after their team became 2015 in the first unsecured country to win the Silver Salad Cup by beating Slovakia.

While Lucas Pouille was the best Frenchman in the rankings, in 32nd place, Croatia had Marin Cilic, seventh in the ranks and came to play at the Masters Cup in London. Cilic will be supported by Borna Coric, ranked 12th.

The final will be played on clay at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, one with a roof that can be opened in Lille. Cilic could have difficulty adapting to the surface, after competing in a harsh court last week in London.

"I will be ready," said Cilic. "We played the Davis Cup clay series immediately after the hardcourt tournament, I thought I'd be fine, adjust my game."

Pouille secured the tenth Davis Cup title for France this year pass by winning decisive points against Belgium in the final. Due to the absence of Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon, Pouille will play singles while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was dumped due to a knee injury for most of the season, will probably be number two in France. Noah also has the choice to place Jeremy Chardy.

In doubles, France have the best team with Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the French Open champions who just reached the final of the Masters Cup.

This year's Davis Final has something familiar, at least for soccer fans. France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final played in Moscow last July.

Croatian captain Zeljko Krajan He said that his team had not received encouragement from members of his country's football team, but noted it "They will be happy if we take revenge for the World Cup final." AP

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