Italy went on to win its first Davis Cup title since 1976 with an impressive 2-1 win over US record champions as Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini’s doubles beat Jack Sock and Tommy Paul in a decisive match in Malaga on Thursday.
Speaking in court after American Taylor Fritz leveled at 1-1 after Lorenzo Sonego gave Italy a surprise lead, Bolelli and Fognini produced a perfect 6-4 performance. 6-4 to help their nation reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2014.
Prior to that, Sonego kept his composure in a tight second set to get past Frances Tiafoe 6-3 7-6(7) and put Italy – who were without the injured duo of Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner – ahead.
Sonego drew first to take a 4-2 lead and save a break point before winning the first set. The world number 45, who lost in a previous meeting with Tiafoe in Paris this year, saved two set points in the latter set to force a draw. Tiafoe then took the lead but Sonego fought back and closed the victory with his third match point to spark wild celebration among the Italian fans in the stands.
Italy will now face the winner of Thursday’s late meeting between Germany and Canada for a place in the final, while Croatia face 28-time champions Australia in the other semi-final.
But Italy’s joy was short-lived as Fritz drew 32 winners, struggled in the first set tiebreak to beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (8) 6-3 and sealed the doubles.
The clash of titles takes place on Sunday.
- Italy surprises the United States and advances to the semifinals of the Davis Cup
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