Davis Cup final 2018: Croatia beat France 3-1 as Marin Cilic defeats Lucas Pouille in straight sets to win the last ever competition

CROATIA have won the last ever edition of the Davis Cup in its current form as Marin Cilic defeated Lucas Pouille to secure a 3-1 win.

Cilic was imperious throughout the weekend and got the job done in straight sets, beating his opponent 7-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Davis Cup final 2018: Croatia beat France 3-1 as Marin Cilic defeats Lucas Pouille in straight sets to win the last ever competitionReuters4 Marin Cilic celebrated wildly as he led Croatia to Davis Cup glory without dropping a set

That victory meant that Cilic, and fellow singles star Borna Coric won all their rubbers without dropping a single set or service game.

Up first on Friday, Coric easily defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 before Cilic defeated Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

But the French fought back in the doubles with Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues-Herbert beating Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig in four sets, leaving the visitors with work to do.

After wrapping up a second Davis Cup triumph for Croatia, Cilic was in buoyant mood and delighted in the performance of himself and Coric.

Davis Cup final 2018: Croatia beat France 3-1 as Marin Cilic defeats Lucas Pouille in straight sets to win the last ever competitionAP:Associated Press4 The Croatia team mobbed Cilic as he secured victory without dropping a single service game in six sets
Davis Cup final 2018: Croatia beat France 3-1 as Marin Cilic defeats Lucas Pouille in straight sets to win the last ever competitionAFP or licensors4 His victory over Lucas Pouille (above) wrapped up Croatia's first title since 2005
Davis Cup final 2018: Croatia beat France 3-1 as Marin Cilic defeats Lucas Pouille in straight sets to win the last ever competitionReuters4 Borna Coric got Croatia off to a perfect start on Friday, beating Jeremy Chardy in straight sets

He said: "It's not everyday that we become world champions. It's an incredible moment and gonna be big our country.

"We didn't drop a single service game in three singles matches. Perfect weekend".

The victory represented redemption for Cilic, who suffered an agonising five-set defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro on the final day of the 2016 final, allowing Argentina to secure a 3-2 comeback win in Zagreb.

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And Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan admitted: "2016 was in my mind for a long time."

The Croats will now go down in history as the last ever winners of the competition, with a £2.3bn shorter version organised by Barcelona star Gerard Pique replacing it next year.

It is believed that next year's tournament will be played under a sponsor's name and take on a World Cup-style format.

Davis Cup final results

Friday

Jeremy Chardy lost to Borna Coric 6-2 7-5 6-4

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Marin Cilic 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

Saturday

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues-Herbert beat Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6

Sunday

Lucas Pouille lost to Marin Cilic 6-7, 3-6

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