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Ljubicic, Ancic help Croatia take 2-1 lead over Slovakia

Updated: December 3, 2005, 4:40 PM ET
Associated Press

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- If his younger teammates can deliver, Goran Ivanisevic will lift the Davis Cup trophy Sunday and take it home to Croatia for the first time.

Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic beat Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty and Michal Mertinak 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (5) Saturday, giving Croatia a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series between two first-time finalists.

Croatia needs to win one of Sunday's reverse singles -- Ljubicic meets Hrbaty and Ancic plays Karol Kucera -- ...

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