Early in the third set of a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Steve Johnson, Coric ran down a lob 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 within inches of the baseline. "But I just felt that I can do it". It was not such an important point, so I just did it.
"I did mean it [to be a lob], but I thought I'm going to miss by a lot", Coric added.
It took a remarkable show of resilience from the USA pair to rescue the tie in a high-quality doubles featuring four players who have all won Grand Slam titles. "Of course he lost the next point, and it counted the same, so I always remind myself that though they look good, they only count the same as the next point coming".
Ramos gave Williams three code violations in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka last weekend, and the American great argued she wasn't being treated the same as some male players.
"He came up with some good stuff today", Johnson said.
Since it was the first violation of the match, it was only a warning.
Croatia's world No.6 Cilic is set to face Steve Johnson in the duel between the side's two top players but USA captain Jim Courier could bring in Sam Querrey for the pivotal fourth rubber.
With his 37th Davis Cup victory, Cilic moved atop Croatia's all-time list, one ahead of Ivan Ljubicic. The reverse singles are on Sunday.
Mike Bryan used all his experience as the world No.1 doubles player at the age of 40 to prevail in an epic five-set rubber alongside Ryan Harrison on Saturday and help the United States cling on to their Davis Cup dream in Croatia.
In a dramatic contest on an outdoor clay court in the Dalmatian resort and in the teeth of a noisy home crowd, the US pair, who looked as if they might wilt as a two-set lead disappeared, finally prevailed in a fifth set tiebreak. "They've been good at tennis for quite a long while and they certainly know how to come together as a team and when you have the depth that they have you're tough to beat".