40-year-old Bryan helps keep U.S. Davis Cup hopes afloat

Frances Tiafoe reflects on his Davis Cup singles nomination

Frances Tiafoe reflects on his Davis Cup singles nomination

Early in the third set of a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Steve Johnson, Coric ran down a lob and replied with a shot known as a "tweener" that flew over the head of his 6-foot-2 opponent and landed within inches of the baseline. "But I just felt that I can do it".

The Americans were also just two points from defeat at 5-6 and 15-30 down when serving to save the final set before prevailing. Honestly, I never do it in practice as well, so I don't know how it was that good, to be honest.

It took a remarkable show of resilience from the US pair to rescue the tie in a high-quality doubles featuring four players who have all won Grand Slam titles.

"It was special. That was a great shot".

"It's been a process going on now for several months, actually, after we had the quarterfinals victory - seeing who was going to be healthy, who was going to be available and looking at the matchups", Courier said on determining the singles nominations. "Of course he lost the next point, and it counted the same, so I always remind myself that though they look good, they only count the same as the next point coming".

Williams was given a 3rd code violation in the 2nd set of the U.S. Open Final, resulting in the loss of a game.

Croatia's world No.6 Cilic is set to face Steve Johnson in the duel between the side's two top players but US captain Jim Courier could bring in Sam Querrey for the pivotal fourth rubber. "I was definitely a little bit lucky toward the end of that tiebreak to win it".

"In these later stages of my career I enjoy it so much to play Davis Cup", Cilic said.

He defied his 40 years over four hours 43 minutes of gruelling combat, teaming up with Harrison for a 7-5 7-6 (6) 1-6 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5) victory over Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic. The reverse singles are on Sunday.

Coric beat Johnson for Croatia to lead 1-0.

The victor of the best-of-five series on an outdoor clay court along the Dalmatian coast will meet either France or Spain in the final.