We are all, in our own way, Roger Federer fans, and the day after the announcement of his retirement that feeling does not pass: the certainty that someone like him will no longer be there. In our mind, thoughts of long afternoons spellbound in front of his feats flow, in times when he seemed to us the only tennis player we could really cheer on: the best and most elegant of all, in a men’s circuit where countrymen, at the vertices, there was not even a shadow. Federer orphans, however, we can turn the page in peace: because tennis has rediscovered new heroes, and because among these, and this is the best news, there are also two Italians.
Those who are not mindful of the times of Panatta, Bertolucci and Barazzutti find themselves in a completely new and exciting situation: that of experiencing the thrill of cheering for two Italians who are not only technically prepared and also good guys, which never hurts, but who can concretely aspire to triumph in the most prestigious and followed tournaments in the world. When Matteo Berrettini broke the long 44-year fast without an Italian in a final of a Grand Slam tournament, it seemed like an exceptional event, a passage of a comet that happens very rarely. Instead, both he and Jannik Sinner, today, are among the most accredited, respected and feared tennis players on the circuit. Above all, able to rewrite the history of Italian tennis.
Berrettini and Sinner fold Argentina, we go to the quarters
A proof was given by the second match of the Davis Cup final round group, where Italy got rid of Argentina. For the first time, the National team fielded the golden couple in singles: Berrettini beat Sebastian Baez 6-2 6-3, Sinner got the better of Cerundolo with the score of 7-5 1-6 6-3. After the victory, last Wednesday, against Croatia, the success against the South Americans means qualification for the Final Eight in Malaga: the Azzurri will be protagonists in the final phase which will be played from 22 to 27 November, legitimately arriving as one of the favorite teams. To close this week’s program in Bologna, the group led by Filippo Volandri will still be on stage on Sunday, on the pitch against Sweden.
After some uncertainty in Davis’ first match against Coric, which he won in three sets anyway, he found his best form against Baez Berrettini: it took him an hour and eleven minutes of play to get the better of the number 37 in the world. The Roman’s superiority was already evident in the second game, when he broke his opponent’s serve and from there he had no problems managing the advantage in the set, also thanks to a further break. Script also respected in the second set, when the break arrived at 3-2: the blue immediately imposed himself as the master of the game and commanding the game at will. After all, if there is a statistic that confirms the absolute tranquility with which Berrettini has regulated his opponent, it is the number of break points allowed: zero..