Marin Čilić (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL) Marin Čilić (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL)

Croatia's Marin Čilić has given Croatia a 2:0 lead in the finals of the Davis Cup against France, after beating Jo Wilfred Tsonga 6:3, 7:5, 6:4.

Earlier in the day, 22-year-old Borna Ćorić gained the first point in Lille, by out classing an older and more experienced Jeremy Chardy in three sets, 6:2, 7:5, 6:4, after nearly two-and-a-half hours.

There was a slight worry towards the end of the match when Ćorić requested a medical time out to deal with a thigh injury, but said he didn't expect any problems moving forward.

"My thigh muscle was bothering me. I could feel that I had a problem, so I figured it was better stop and get some treatment while I was up. I didn't want it to get out of hand," explained Ćorić.

Croatia will hope to get the third and winning point on Saturday when Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavić go up against the French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

Croatia has reached the Davis Cup finals on three occasions and won the tournament once, back in 2005.

Source: HRT