Britain on brink of victory
Great Britain moved a step closer to a return to the elite World Group in the Davis Cup after the partnership of Andy Murray and Colin Fleming defeated Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 6-3 6-2 6-7 (6) 6-1.
Victory in Saturday's doubles contest put Captain Leon Smith's side 2-1 up at the Stadion Stella Maris in Umag.
It means Britain stand an excellent chance of ending their five-year exile from the World Group, needing to win just one of the remaining two singles rubbers on Sunday.
World No 3 Murray had been nursing a persistent back problem which affected him during Friday's singles victory against 16-year-old Borna Coric, but he was deemed fit enough to start with fellow Scot Fleming.
And they made the best possible start by breaking their opponents early on before going on the seal the opening set 6-3.
They took control of the second when at one game apiece, Murray found space to send over a flicked forehand winner.
The British duo were showing great instincts at the net and they broke the Dodig serve in the seventh game for a double-break, before Fleming duly served out the set.
In the opening game of the third set, 20-year-old Pavic double-faulted on the first of two break point opportunities, but the hosts struck back immediately for the first time in the match on the Murray serve.
The Wimbledon champion quickly made amends in the third game with a couple of unplayable groundstrokes from the back of the court while Fleming was alert at the net to regain the break.
But the partisan crowd were on their feet in the eighth game as the hosts broke to restore parity and send it into a tiebreaker.
Britain moved into a 3-0 and 5-3 lead and they brought up their first match point at 6-5 after world No 374 Pavic netted his volley.
However, some solid first serves from 28-year-old Dodig quickly turned things around and at 7-6, Fleming double faulted to gift the Croatian's hope of turning the match around.
Pavic's inexperience told in the second game of the fourth set though, handing Murray and Fleming a break which quickly turned into a 3-0 lead and then 5-1.
It was left to 17th-ranked doubles specialist Fleming to serve out the match after two hours and 41 minutes of action.
Murray told British Eurosport: "Colin played exceptionally well, bar a couple of points in the third set, and we dominated the majority of it."
Dodig awaits Murray in singles action on Sunday, and facing him in doubles has given the Wimbledon champion an insight into what he can expect.
"It definitely helps," Murray said. "You get a feel for the return and I returned his serve fairly well today. I felt I got a pretty good read of it which will hopefully help tomorrow."
Fleming could only appreciate the quality of his doubles partner and said: "His returns are phenomenal. He's a great player. He's able to figure things out during the match, knows when momentum is swinging, and it's great to have him in the team."