After suffering a gut-wrenching loss in 2016, Marin Cilic described Croatia's Davis Cup triumph as a "dream come true".
Croatia dethroned France as they won the Davis Cup thanks to Marin Cilic's victory over Lucas Pouille.
Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues-Herbert delivered for the hosts to ensure the Davis Cup will go down to the final day.
Serena Williams was not the victim of sexist discrimination during the US Open final, according to fellow WTA Tour player Johanna Konta.
Croatia won the opening two singles rubbers in the Davis Cup final, leaving holders France needing to win all three remaining matches.
Jeremy Chardy has only lost once in the Davis Cup, something that helped earn a surprise place in France's team for this weekend's final.