Croatia wins Davis Cup
The final duel of Davis Cup competition finished in Bratislava. Croatia won its first Davis Cup title, with Mario Ancic beating Michal Mertinak of Slovakia 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive fifth match.
The Davis Cup winners became Ivan Ljubicic, Mario Ancic, Ivo Carlovic, Goran Ivanisevic and the captain Nikki Pilic.
Both for Croatia and Slovakia it was the first time when they participated in the finale of Davis Cup.
Croatia`s Nikki Pilic became the first captain to win the trophy for different nations. He led Germany to Davis Cup titles in 1988, 1989 and 1993.
"There is no comparison," Pilic said at the victory ceremony. "Today I won with my people."