Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Italy take doubles to edge USA in Davis Cup quarter-final


PARIS: Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli cruised to victory within the deciding doubles as Italy beat america 2-1 their Davis Cup quarter-final in Malaga on Thursday.

“I’m actually pleased, I’m right here with my ‘brother’. We performed very well,” mentioned Fognini, after the pair beat Jack Sock and Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-4.

Italy, shorn of their two high gamers, world quantity 15 Jannik Sinner and Sixteenth-ranked Matteo Berrettini, eradicated an American crew led by ninth-ranked Taylor Fritz and Francis Tiafoe, who’s within the high 20.

Lorenzo Sonego, ranked forty fifth, opened the tie by coming from a set right down to beat Tiafoe 6-3, 7-6 (9/7).

Fritz levelled when he survived a tricky first set to beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (10/8), 6-3.

That set the stage for the primary doubles match of the week. The primary two quarter-finals have been each settled after the 2 singles rubbers.

Fognini and Bolelli, the 2015 Australian Open champions, broke within the ninth recreation of the primary set and the seventh recreation of the second to win.

Italy, the one one of many eight nations in Malaga whose soccer crew will not be on the World Cup, have been roared on by robust assist.

“I am actually pleased with my crew and of this crowd,” mentioned captain Filippo Volandri.

“It is like we’re in Italy! All of the gamers did an unbelievable job. Even Matteo who could not play due to damage is right here and Jannik is supporting from dwelling.”

USA captain Mardy Fish didn’t take pleasure in his Thanksgiving.

“Little question that was a tricky day.” he mentioned. “Little question that they have been the higher crew at present.”

“Their doubles, they performed phenomenally nicely. They’re an awesome crew.”

On Saturday, Italy, whose solely Davis Cup title got here again in 1976, will face 2019 runners-up Canada or three-time winners Germany.

Jan-Lennard Struff, ranked a lowly 152 on the earth, gave Germany the lead of their quarter-final with a surprising 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2) win over 18th-ranked Denis Shapovalov.

Struff has now defeated the Canadian six occasions in 9 conferences and on Thursday survived an 18-ace barrage from the left-hander.

Later, Felix Auger-Aliassime, the highest-ranked man in Malaga at six on the earth, levelled the quarter-final with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 win over Oscar Otte, Germany’s Sixty fifth-ranked participant.

Auger-Aliassime unleashed 15 aces and 21 winners, changing the one break of the competition within the seventh recreation of the second set.

The tie will likely be determined within the doubles when Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz face Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil.

Krawietz and Puetz received the decisive doubles within the qualifying spherical earlier this 12 months as Germany defeated France, Belgium and Australia.

On Friday, two-time champions Croatia face Australia, who’ve received the Davis Cup on 28 events, within the first semi-final.

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