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Noah replaces Chardy with Pouille in Davis Cup final

November 25, 2018
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France's team captain Yannick Noah reacts during the Davis Cup final match between France's Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hughes Herbert and Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert kept French hopes alive in the Davis Cup final with a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) win over Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles on Saturday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah is sending out Lucas Pouille to face Croatia’s top player Marin Cilic in Sunday’s first reverse singles match of the Davis Cup final in an attempt to keep his team in contention.

France cut Croatia’s lead to 2-1 by winning the doubles on Saturday but Croatia still remains favorite to claim one more point to dethrone the defending champions.

Pouille wrapped up France’s 10th Davis Cup title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium in the final but did not play for the hosts in Friday’s first singles matches. Noah instead chose Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but both were thrashed in straight sets on the first day, leaving the Croats on the verge of their second Davis Cup crown.

If Pouille manages to level the tie at 2-2, Borna Coric is set to play against Tsonga in the final reverse singles match.

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