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Cilic Rallies Past Janowicz To Send Croatia To World Group Play-offs

Cilic© Getty ImagesMarin Cilic needed five sets to upend Jerzy Janowicz and send Croatia back to the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs. reviews this week's Davis Cup Group I promotion ties, with winners advancing to the World Group Play-offs in September...

Marin Cilic won his 22nd match of the year, surviving a blockbuster fourth rubber against World No. 21 Jerzy Janowicz, to send 2005 champion Croatia into the World Group Play-offs. Cilic rallied from a two-set deficit, prevailing 3-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3, to claim the tie over Poland 3-1.

Also emerging from Europe/Africa Zone are Ukraine, after Sergiy Stakhovsky clinched the tie 4-1 over Sweden with his second victory of the week, and Slovakia, behind strong singles efforts from Norbert Gombos and Lukas Lacko. Slovakia defeated Austria 4-1, with Gombos upsetting Emirates ATP Star of Tomorrow Dominic Thiem to open the tie. Davis Cup stalwarts Dudi Sela and Amir Weintraub sent Israel to the World Group Play-offs as well, with a 3-1 win over Slovenia.

Thiem: Emirates ATP Star of Tomorrow

In Tianjin, a thrilling encounter between China and Uzbekistan concluded in the fifth set of the fifth rubber, the third five-setter of the tie. Farrukh Dustov would deny Ze Zhang 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 to send Uzbekistan to its second World Group Play-off in three years. India also emerged from Asia/Oceania, defeating Korea 3-1 behind a pair of singles victories from Somdev Devvarman.

In the Americas region, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, five-time doubles finalists on the ATP World Tour in 2014, keyed Colombia's victory over the Dominican Republic 4-1. Brazil also advanced, with a 3-1 win over Ecuador.

Davis Cup giants Argentina, Australia, Serbia, Spain and the United States are among those awaiting the winners in the World Group Play-offs. The draw will be held in London on 8 April at 11:00 local time.

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