Dodig and Pavic actually had set points in both the first two sets - at 5-3 in the first set and in the second set tiebreak - only for Bryan and his 26-year-old partner to save them both before taking their two-set lead.
"I'm just focusing on this tie and working again".
"7-6 in the fifth, on the road and on dirt, this is right up there and I will never forget this one".
"I did mean it [to be a lob], but I thought I'm going to miss by a lot", Coric added.
USA captain Jim Courier, a four-time Grand Slam victor as a player, was impressed.
Ramos was also the umpire who gave Serena Williams three code violations in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka during last weekend's U.S. Open final. "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".
"He came up with some good stuff today", Johnson said.
Cilic breezed through the first set in 26 minutes, but Tiafoe pushed the 2014 U.S. Open victor over the second half of the match.
"In the third set he showed that he's capable of playing great tennis". "I was definitely a little bit lucky toward the end of that tiebreak to win it".
With his 37th Davis Cup victory, Cilic moved atop Croatia's all-time list, one ahead of Ivan Ljubicic.
In the absence of Isner and Sock, Courier nominated for the tie Sam Querrey, Frances Tiafoe, Steve Johnson, Ryan Harrison and doubles specialist Mike Bryan. The reverse singles are on Sunday.
The victor of the best-of-five series on an outdoor clay court along the Dalmatian coast will meet either France or Spain in the final.
Paire beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 on the indoor hard court at Stade Pierre Mauroy before France's No. 1 player Pouille defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.