Croatia in the finals of the Davis Cup in Zagreb after eliminating the USA (in the USA!) and France
The winning 2016 Davis Cup team of Argentina in the final match with Croatia. On the right, Daniel Orsanic, selector and trainer of Argentinean team, whose origin is Croatian.
In November 2016, unusually many Argentinean tennis fans visited Zagreb, due to the Davis Cup finals in Croatia's capital. Even prior to the match, Croatia secured the double success: being in the finals (after convincingly eliminating such superpowers like the USA and France), and the fact that the selector and trainer of the Argentinean team, Daniel Orsanic, has Croatian origin on his father's side.
This was the first win of Argentina in the Davis Cup, after as many as four finals. Croatia already had one title of the Davis Cup champion in 2005. It is interesting that the Davis Cup final in Zagreb was attended by famous soccer player Diego Maradona, whose great-grandmother also has Croatian roots.
Diego Maradona in Zagreb
Croatian Davis Cup team at the final match against Argentina: from right to left - Marin Čilić, Ivo Karlović, Ivan Dodig and Franko Škugor. Croatia had a very difficult path to the finals, by winning (among others) against the USA (in the USA!) and France. Congratulations!
Ivo Karlovic, Goran Ivanisevic, captain Nikola Pilic, Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia pose next to the Davis Cup trophy after winning the Davis Cup final between Slovakia and Croatia in 2005.
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