As Spain fails in the Davis Cup, Croatia capitalises on Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz's absence.

Marin Cilic defeats Pablo Carreno Busta in Davis Cup quarter-final . Cilic defeats Carreno Busta 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (75) Borna Coric defeats Roberto Bautista Agut in decider .

Marin Cilic guided Croatia into the Davis Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, knocking out six-time champions Spain, who were missing Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal, the world's two top-ranked players.As Croatia prepares for a semi-final match against Australia, world number 17 Cilic, a former US Open champion, came back to defeat 13th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (75).Borna Coric had set the 2005 and 2018 champions on their way, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (74), in the decider, and was 14 down in the tiebreak before being overcome by Croatia, who were runners-up to Russia in the 2021 final, said Cilic.Which was announced by Vuukle on Wednesday, Cilic said it would be different.Rafa has been a part of the team's leader for most of his career.

It was a shame for him to be injured in the Davis Cup.Sergi Bruguera, Spain's captain, lamented his team's exit.I think luck had a bit of influence, and Cilic, the world number 26, had a bit more today, he said.Bautista Agut had been on a seven-match losing streak since the summer, going back to 2019.I did attack when I had to, and I did.I was defensive when I needed to make a defensive line, said Coric.

To be fair, I was just happy with my game.The game was briefly suspended when two environmental protesters ran onto the court and attempted to attach themselves to the net before being pulled from the arena by security guards.On Thursdays remaining quarter-finals, 32-time Davis Cup champions United States will meet Italy, while Germany will face Canada.

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