BOLOGNA. A tango step towards the greatest dream. Between world-class hits and a few too many thrills, Italy flies to the Davis Cup Finals and, keeping faith with its mission, sets out to conquer that silver ‘salad bowl’ that has been missing since 1976. In the match against Argentina , valid for the second of the three matches of Group A, the Azzurri Berrettini and Sinner win their respective singles, bend the resistance of their South American rivals and snatch the pass for the final phase of Malaga, scheduled from 21 to 27 November. On the indoor surface in Bologna, the Roman tennis player only needed 72 minutes to overcome Sebastian Baez in two sets with a score of 6-2, 6-3, while the South Tyrolean’s climb against Francisco Cerundolo was more tiring. After playing an excellent first set won 7-5, Sinner completely shut down in the second fraction, yielding 6-1 and then regaining the physical and above all mental strengths to get back in the running, win the 6-3 match at the sixth match point and place end to a fight that lasted over two and a half hours.
The blue couple Simone Bolelli / Fabio Fognini, on the other hand, was beaten in three sets with the score of 7-5 2-6 6-3 by Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos in the doubles, third match of the match against Argentina valid for group A Davis Cup. This is an irrelevant defeat for Italy for the purposes of qualifying for the Final Four in Malaga, won thanks to the success in singles by Matteo Berrettini against Sebastien Baez and Jannik Sinner against Francisco Cerundolo. Italy closes by beating Argentina 2-1.
«I took a step forward, I didn’t play very well but I tried to stay there in some way. He helped me the team, Volandri and the public. I am happy because this is an important victory », Sinner commented, admitting that he suffered from the tension. “It wasn’t easy, I tried to push. But it’s all part of the sport. Berrettini played excellent tennis, we won and we are happy », he added. In any case, the goal was to go on and Davis’ dream “everyone is believing”. Sinner is aware that he did not shine against Cerundolo «but physically I recovered, at times I played good tennis and the important thing was to qualify. Now Sunday there is another match that we want to win ». The match is against Sweden while Croatia-Argentina is scheduled for Saturday..
The one who shone instead was Berrettini who had no problems in overcoming Baez (who took the place of the Argentine number 1 Diego Schwartzman, kept out by captain Guillermo Coria after the clear defeat on his debut against the Swede Mikael Ymer), finding continuity after the hesitation highlighted in the match against the Croatian Borna Coric. «If I hadn’t imposed this pace it would have been much more difficult, Baez is a very solid player. I felt better than the other singular. We come from the USA, a long and demanding trip. Today the ball was going faster, that’s fine. This is a slightly slower court than in New York but I can do a few more rotations, I can respond more and so I have a better chance of brekkare “, said the Roman tennis player who is back on goodbye to professional tennis in an icon like Roger Federer. “Still difficult to achieve, I’ve always admired it, one of the greatest ever,” he said. The Swiss was the driver of Switzerland in winning the Davis Cup in 2014 (with Italy that stopped in the semifinals). And Berrettini has a great desire to imitate him.CopyAMP code