2018 Davis Cup Final: France v Croatia

Who will win?

Tie is on red clay indoors in Lille. Presumably chosen by France to blunt Cilic's threat. On the other hand, neither Monfils nor Gasquet is even in the squad, and Tsonga, who is, is worse on clay than other surfaces. Full rosters are:

France = Pouille, Chardy, Mahut, Tsonga, and Herbert.
Croatia = Cilic, Coric, Skugor, Pavic, and Dodig.

Strength in depth of the French squad is much stronger, but the 1-2 combination for Croatia is a fair bit stronger. There will likely be a lot riding on an off-form Pouille and on Chardy, especially as Tsonga is lacking match fitness. Too bad they don't have Gasquet. Monfils is injured.
 
rematch of the world cup final????????
what a coincidence
Yeah, I noticed that too. The odds on those two nations playing the final of team competitions in two major world sports in the same year must be very low indeed. Especially given how small Croatia is.

As for Tsonga: I'm not giving up on him yet, but I think he won't play much next weekend and that, even if he does, he's not really all the way back yet. Perhaps during the Australian swing. More likely, not until the indoor events in February.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Who will win?

Tie is on red clay indoors in Lille. Presumably chosen by France to blunt Cilic's threat. On the other hand, neither Monfils nor Gasquet is even in the squad, and Tsonga, who is, is worse on clay than other surfaces. Full rosters are:

France = Pouille, Chardy, Mahut, Tsonga, and Herbert.
Croatia = Cilic, Coric, Skugor, Pavic, and Dodig.

Strength in depth of the French squad is much stronger, but the 1-2 combination for Croatia is a fair bit stronger. There will likely be a lot riding on an off-form Pouille and on Chardy, especially as Tsonga is lacking match fitness. Too bad they don't have Gasquet. Monfils is injured.
Thought Noah had persuaded Benneteau to defer his retirement in order to play for the French team?
 

Max G.

Legend
Croatia looks better, IMO. Coric has been good this season, especially on clay. Cilic is in fine. They could easily sweep the singles; I think they won't do that, they'll lose one singles (not sure which one) and then Mahut/Herbert will get one doubles win, for a total of 3-2 win for Croatia.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Who will win?

Tie is on red clay indoors in Lille. Presumably chosen by France to blunt Cilic's threat. On the other hand, neither Monfils nor Gasquet is even in the squad, and Tsonga, who is, is worse on clay than other surfaces. Full rosters are:

France = Pouille, Chardy, Mahut, Tsonga, and Herbert.
Croatia = Cilic, Coric, Skugor, Pavic, and Dodig.

Strength in depth of the French squad is much stronger, but the 1-2 combination for Croatia is a fair bit stronger. There will likely be a lot riding on an off-form Pouille and on Chardy, especially as Tsonga is lacking match fitness. Too bad they don't have Gasquet. Monfils is injured.
WOW, last year of normal davis cup will end in boring blowout win for Croatia. Croatia deserves it , I guess
 
Croatia looks better, IMO. Coric has been good this season, especially on clay. Cilic is in fine. They could easily sweep the singles; I think they won't do that, they'll lose one singles (not sure which one) and then Mahut/Herbert will get one doubles win, for a total of 3-2 win for Croatia.
Pavic/Dodig really good tho. So that could be the only competitive match that we will see lol.
Cilic and Coric can be down and choke of course.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Who will win?

Tie is on red clay indoors in Lille. Presumably chosen by France to blunt Cilic's threat. On the other hand, neither Monfils nor Gasquet is even in the squad, and Tsonga, who is, is worse on clay than other surfaces. Full rosters are:

France = Pouille, Chardy, Mahut, Tsonga, and Herbert.
Croatia = Cilic, Coric, Skugor, Pavic, and Dodig.

Strength in depth of the French squad is much stronger, but the 1-2 combination for Croatia is a fair bit stronger. There will likely be a lot riding on an off-form Pouille and on Chardy, especially as Tsonga is lacking match fitness. Too bad they don't have Gasquet. Monfils is injured.
France had a lot of choices and clay indoors was a really bad one for this match. Cilic has done quite well on clay the last two years and Coric is quite literally waiting to bust out on the surface. Then Noah throws out old Tsonga on clay which is a young players surface.:whistle: Pouille and Chardy were must choices for clay. If Noah had gone hard courts could have gone Monfils/Tsonga in the singles and had some big servers on the French side. Noah better pray Coric is hobbled by injuries.:-D
 

Max G.

Legend
I would guess they were planning on a different lineup at the time. I doubt Tsonga was their top pick given his form this year. Probably their better guys backed out for one reason or another.
 
France had a lot of choices and clay indoors was a really bad one for this match. Cilic has done quite well on clay the last two years and Coric is quite literally waiting to bust out on the surface. Then Noah throws out old Tsonga on clay which is a young players surface.:whistle: Pouille and Chardy were must choices for clay. If Noah had gone hard courts could have gone Monfils/Tsonga in the singles and had some big servers on the French side. Noah better pray Coric is hobbled by injuries.:-D
Monfils is injured (as usual). Not sure about Gasquet. On recent form, they’d be better off with Simon than Tsonga.
 
Dear Jo,
We love you, man. Mais oui, mais....
You are (rightfully) feeling a lot of suspicion here. Here's to You and yannick spending some qualité time fueling up with the good old fashioned french swashbuckling emotion. Allez les Bleus!
If Les Bleus win this, Yannick has got to go down as one of the finest captains ever.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Croatia looks better, IMO. Coric has been good this season, especially on clay. Cilic is in fine. They could easily sweep the singles; I think they won't do that, they'll lose one singles (not sure which one) and then Mahut/Herbert will get one doubles win, for a total of 3-2 win for Croatia.
Coric has been a mediocre 5-5 on clay this year with his best win either a straight set win vs PCB at Madrid or a 4-set win over Kohlschreiber at RG.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
The arrogance and foolishness of Noah is breathtaking having this final on clay. With Pouille suspect he's had to go with his young gun Chardy lol on this surface. Hand the final Davis Cup to Croatia.:sneaky:
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Dear Jo,
We love you, man. Mais oui, mais....
You are (rightfully) feeling a lot of suspicion here. Here's to You and yannick spending some qualité time fueling up with the good old fashioned french swashbuckling emotion. Allez les Bleus!
If Les Bleus win this, Yannick has got to go down as one of the finest captains ever.
France is basically banking on his coaching and knowledge of the surface.

Boric off the court for treatment of some niggle.:unsure:

Feed of sorts:
http://www.jokerlivestream.com/streamvideo10/chardy-vs-coric-live-stream-4783756.html
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
The arrogance and foolishness of Noah is breathtaking having this final on clay. With Pouille suspect he's had to go with his young gun Chardy lol on this surface. Hand the final Davis Cup to Croatia.:sneaky:
So why is Jeremy playing ? he is the worst clay court player they have. Are all the other guys injured ? it is true that you don't put in injured guys even if they are better
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
So why is Jeremy playing ? he is the worst clay court player they have. Are all the other guys injured ? it is true that you don't put in injured guys even if they are better
you really should be playing young players on clay. Chardy had done well against Coric on clay so they picked him. Best option if Monfils had been healthy would have been him and Tsonga on slowish permanent hard courts. Of course that is not an easy thing to do in November as outdoors dubious for matches this time of year.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
you really should be playing young players on clay. Chardy had done well against Coric on clay so they picked him. Best option if Monfils had been healthy would have been him and Tsonga on slowish permanent hard courts. Of course that is not an easy thing to do in November as outdoors dubious for matches this time of year.
Monfils can play but Noah and Monfils is no longer BFF. and they hate each other and Noah kicked him out of davis cup team. with Noah retiring , Monfils will likely comeback next year
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
Dumb move by the French. Considering respective forms, the entire team were always gonna be underdogs against Cilic regardless of surface (he even had really good results on clay this year, and yes even Cilic can't choke against this lot). They should have focused on getting 2 wins on Coric and doubles, and play this on grass instead. Same story as in 2014 again, they didn't learn their lesson after they decided not to go for indoor hard/ grass against Stan and got seriously burnt.
 

Plamen1234

Hall of Fame
The French shouldnt have chosen clay.And another thing is why you put Tsonga who have played few matches this year against the best Croatian player.It doesnt make sense at all
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Wow, why not let Pouille and Gasquet play? They probably would be a bit better than this.
 
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