Chair umpire Carlos Ramos hands Marin Cilic warning for slamming racket

Umpire Carlos Ramos at the Davis Cup

He took a 6-1 lead in the second set tiebreak in superb fashion only to crumble under Querrey's onslaught with the American world number 61 winning seven straight points.

Croatia will now take on defending champions France in November's final, which will be hosted by the French.

Tiafoe made his opponent work hard in the third before the Croatian won the tiebreaker 7-5 to give his country a solid lead after day one.

Ramos issued a code violation to Croatia after Marin Cilic slammed his racquet to the clay and mangled the frame during his Davis Cup loss to Sam Querrey on Sunday.

Ramos is the same umpire that was accused of being "sexist" by Serena Williams after he handed her a game penalty during her US Open final defeat earlier this month.

Croatia reached the Davis Cup final after Borna Coric beat Frances Tiafoe in over four hours to secure a 3-2 victory over the United States. "That's all I can say", Ramos told The Associated Press on Friday.

Cilic won the opener following a tie-break, but squandered five set points in the second breaker to allow Querrey to level. "Considering my year, it's been tough lately so this is a huge boost".

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Querrey had never beaten Cilic in six previous meetings and, for a player whose ranking has fallen from 11th to No. 61 this year, it was an exceptional result.

Epa07024901 Frances Tiiafoe of U.S. in action against Borna Coric of Croatia during the the Davis Cup semi final tie between Croatia and the US in Zadar, Croatia, 16 September 2018.

In the Saturday doubles France clinched it when Julien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut dominated Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7).

Earlier Sunday, Albert Ramos Vinolas beat Richard Gasquet 1-6, 6-4, 14-12.

In the second semi-final at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, France's Benoit Pair outplaying an injured Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain 7-5 6-1 6-0 in the opening rubber. France is in back-to-back finals for the first time since 1972.

Spain was without top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who was ruled out because of the right-knee injury that forced him to retire from his U.S. Open semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.

Dodig and Pavic are ranked fourth in the world in doubles.

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