Davis Cup: Italy detaches the ticket for Malaga. Argentina still in the running

Davis Cup: Italy detaches the ticket for Malaga. Argentina still in the running
Davis Cup: Italy detaches the ticket for Malaga. Argentina still in the running
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Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in the photo – Sposito photo

Italy qualified with an early match for the decisive phase of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, which will begin in Malaga on 22 November. In front of over 6,300 spectators, the Azzurri, included in Group A, beat Argentina 2 to 1 on the indoor greenset of the Unipol Arena in Bologna.

The Italian victory came already at the end of the two singles matches. In the first match of the day Matteo Berrettini (number 15 ATP) conceded just five games to Sebastian Baez (number 37): 62 63 in an hour and 11 minutes.
Then Jannik Sinner (number 11), returning as a starter after captain Filippo Volandri had preferred to leave him at rest in the first challenge replacing him with Lorenzo Musetti, overtook Francisco Cerundolo (number 27), on his debut with his national team, with the score of 75 16 63. A hard-fought match, which lasted two hours and 36 minutes, which the 20-year-old from South Tyrol ended in the sixth match point. Jannik thus remains unbeaten in the Davis Cup singles matches (6 wins out of 6) and the national team brings the number of matches won consecutively to seven.

However, the streak was interrupted in the last match of the day, when the couple formed by Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini was overtaken by the Argentine one made up of Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos with a score of 75 26 63.

Italy, with full points with two victories (they beat Croatia last Wednesday), will return to the field on Sunday in the last match of Group A: facing Sweden in a match that could also give the Azzurri the first place, important in view of the quarter-final pairings: if Volandri’s guys finished the round at the top they would clash against the second of the Group (Great Britain, USA, Netherlands and Kazakhstan) while in case of qualification as second, the opponent would be the winner in Group B (Spain, Canada, Republic of Korea and Serbia).

Meanwhile, Croatia-Argentina is scheduled for tomorrow, with the Croatians having one victory and one defeat to their credit and the South Americans who, despite two defeats in as many matches, are not yet out of the game.

Filippo Volandri:
“I’m super proud of the guys. In these days we have built even more a group that has worked even more today. We have a competitive double and this makes those who play singles more relaxed. Today Matteo didn’t make a mistake, he has played his best tennis for some time now. Sinner pulled out all the tools of him, he made the player. We did not expect a Cerundolo like this and it was not easy to prepare for the match, as we did not know the opponent until
An hour before. I have so many choices, so many singles, a competitive double and not just one. They are all owners: Matteo, Fabio, Lorenzo, Jannik, Lorenzo Sonego can play, who is not here because I can only call five. Everyone can play and everyone is ready. Now our goal is to beat Sweden: we want to win them all ”

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Matteo Berrettini:
“One of the reasons I’m here is to feel this atmosphere. We are building a special group, a very close team. The game plan against Baez was to control the game, I started much better than the first game against Coric. I was aggressive from the start to not allow him to lead the exchanges. I had to adapt as the field is very different from those of the US Open. The more I play here the better I am, I am very happy with how I played. I try to go to the net as much as possible, my nature is not exactly that but I try to do it because it is less difficult. The match seemed easy, but it would have been enough to go down a bit and the game could have changed. In Davis it doesn’t count as a game, it counts to bring the points home ”.

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Jannik Sinner:
“The goal now is to finish first in the group. Against Cerundolo it was a difficult game from the start. In the second set I struggled more, afterwards it was not easy to restart. But we are leading the group and qualified, it is the most important thing. On Sunday we will try to do our best because, I repeat, now the goal is to go to Malaga first. Sunday’s match against Sweden is important, all players give 100% when they enter the field ”.

Simone Bolelli: “Too bad, we wanted to take the point home but we are happy that the team won, of course! As a couple Zeballos and Gonzalez are very close, until a couple of seasons ago they played in the Tour together. Today maybe we made mistakes maybe a little more than usual but we fought until the end ”.

Schedule and results
All Group A matches start at 3pm, according to the following schedule:

13 September: Argentina 1-2 Sweden
September 14: Italy 3-0 Croatia
September 15: Croatia 2-1 Sweden
September 16: Italy 2-1 Argentina
September 17: Croatia-Argentina
September 18: Italy-Sweden

Classification
Team GVP PV PP SV SP
Italy 2 2 0 5 1 11 5
Croatia 2 1 1 2 4 6 9
Sweden 2 1 1 3 3 8 7
Argentina 2 0 2 2 4 8 10


The article is in Italian

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