Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates after winning the second set as he plays against Steve Johnson of the United States during a Davis Cup semifinal singles tennis match between Croatia and the United States in Zadar, Croatia, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Through the legs: Coric's 'tweener' draws bows at Davis Cup

September 14, 2018 - 7:39 am

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Borna Coric pulled off a through-the-legs lob shot winner that drew bows from the crowd en route to giving Croatia a 1-0 lead over the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals Friday.

Early in the third set of a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Steve Johnson, Coric ran down a lob from Johnson and replied with a shot known as a "tweener" that flew over the head of his 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) opponent and landed just inside the baseline.

Moments earlier, the 18th-ranked Coric had landed a delicate forehand drop-shot winner to close out a close second-set tiebreak.

Sixth-ranked Marin Cilic will next face Davis Cup debutant Frances Tiafoe in the second singles match of the best-of-five series.

The winner will meet either France or Spain in the final.

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