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ighting with myself. But these guys, they were all the time here for me, Coric told the crowd after he clinched for the visitors Antworten

It was 4-all in the fourth set of the decisive fifth match. Jack Sock was about to serve. With his eyes half-closed, his opponent, Borna Coric, tapped his index finger against his left temple a few times. Then he made a fist and banged it lightly a few times against his forehead.Focus. Focus. Focus.Thats exactly what Coric displayed in the tense moments of this Davis Cup battle. He reeled off the last seven points to end the match -- and the tie -- in exactly three hours, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, giving Croatia a stunning win against the United States on Sunday.Croatia had started the weekend in Portland, Oregon, down 2-0 after Fridays singles matches. A done deal, right? The U.S. had been 157-3 when it won its first two matches, while Croatia had never recovered from a 2-0 deficit to win. But suddenly, after Mike?and Bob Bryan fell Saturday and John Isner lost his reverse singles rubber earlier Sunday, it came down to Sock and Coric.Coric is just 19. But he knew the match would go to whoever was mentally stronger. Earlier in the year, he had clinched the first-round tie against Belgium in a similar situation. Sock, while 23, had been flung in the deep end. This was his first Davis Cup tie on home soil. Both men felt the pressure, only one mastered it.I was fighting with myself. But these guys, they were all the time here for me, Coric told the crowd after he clinched for the visitors, gesturing to the Croatian bench.Coric took up tennis at age 8 after watching Croatia clinch its sole Davis Cup title in 2005.That year, Croatias march to the title began with a comparable shocker: an upset of a strong U.S. team led by Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick. Somehow, it probably wont be much consolation to U.S. captain Jim Courier, Sock & Co.This was a devastating blow to the Americans, whose male players had left Wimbledon with a lot to feel good about. The two singles players, No. 16 Isner and No. 26 Sock, made the third round before losing to higher-ranked players. Sock had never gone the distance in a best-of-five match until this year, when he won two of three going into this tie.Then on Friday, Sock made it three of four by digging himself out of a very deep hole. He lost the first two sets to Marin Cilic but surged back to win. It was the second time in eight days that Cilic lost after leading by two sets. (Roger Federer pulled the other comeback in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.) Isner crushed Coric in the second match, giving up just 11 games. It was an impressive display of American grit and firepower.After his humiliating loss to Sock, Cilic declared he would be playing doubles, even though it wasnt part of the game plan. He teamed with Ivan Dodig to hammer the Bryan brothers, inflicting just the fifth loss in 29 matches for the U.S. doubles specialists. The tie turned on that upset.Fired up, Cilic met Isner in the fourth match. Isner played a great first set, but Cilic outdueled him in the tiebreaker and went on to win in straight sets.In my first match, I didnt show how much spirit we have, said Cilic, the elder statesman of the Croatian squad. I didnt show my emotion. I wanted it to be different today to show how motivated we are.The win set the stage for Corics heroics. The only other time he had played Sock came on the slow red clay of the 2015 French Open, with the American rolling in straight sets.This one was different. While Sock seemed to handle the occasion well, he was haunted by the same inconsistency that hampers him on tour. Hes a wonderful athlete who hasnt quite harnessed all of his energy, so it is often scattered in every direction instead of being modulated and channeled into a single productive one.You could say he sometimes lacks focus.That doesnt appear to be Corics problem. 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St Kilda have set their sights on a bumper 2017 AFL free agency crop headlined by Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe and Richmonds Dustin Martin.The Saints emerged as one of the biggest winners of this years trade period, recruiting Greater Western Sydneys Jack Steele and the Western Bulldogs Koby Stevens to bolster their midfield, while also bringing in Collingwood free agent Nathan Brown.They also secured an extra first-round pick in next years draft from Hawthorn at a bargain-basement price.The Hawks, desperate to land Jaeger OMeara from Gold Coast, gave up their future selection and picks 23 and 36 in this years draft in exchange for the Saints No.10 and 68 picks.With two first-round picks at their disposal next year, the Saints will be well placed heading into whats expected to be another strong draft.But theyre just as likely to turn their attention towards a free agency class headlined by Fyfe, Martin, Sydney on-baller Josh Kennedy and Hawthorns Luke Breust.And with the likes of Greater Western Sydney recruit Brett Deledio requesting trades despite being contracted, St Kilda chief operating officer Ameet Bains expects therell be plenty of players looking for a new home.We were still trying as late as 1pm yesterday to move up in the draft order but wed made the deciision to hang on to both first-round draft picks for next year, Bains told EON Sports Radio on Friday.ddddddddddddIt gives you a very strong draft hand if you take those picks to the draft next year but in the environment where player movement now is off the charts, it does give you some very strong currency in terms of getting some quality players to your club as well.Richmond and Brisbane will also have two first-round picks in next years draft, while Hawthorn have always appealed to players on the move and should have space in their salary cap following the departure of veterans Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis.The Saints finished ninth on the ladder this season and will have to compete for a spot in the finals with Melbourne and Fremantle, who improved their lists during the trade period.But Bains says he cant remember a time in his five years at St Kilda when they were viewed so favourably as a destination for players on the move.We are in a lot more conversations, he said.For the first time in my time, we had multiple players who were keen to join our club that, for various reasons at our end, we couldnt pursue. 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