Davis Cup: Italy separate ticket from Malaga. Argentina is still in the race

Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in the photo – a portrait of Sposito

Italy qualified early for the decisive stage of the Davis Cup at the hands of the Rakuten Final, which will begin in Malaga on November 22. In front of more than 6,300 spectators, the Azzurri, who are included in Group A, beat Argentina 2-1 on an indoor green screen at the Unipol Arena in Bologna.

The Italian victory actually came at the end of my singles match. In the first match of the day, Matteo Berrettini (15th ATP) had just five matches for Sebastian Baez (#37): 62 63 in 1 hour 11 minutes.
Then Jannick Sener (No. 11), after returning as a starter after captain Filippo Volandri preferred to leave him at rest in the first challenge to be replaced by Lorenzo Mosetti, beat Francisco Cerondolo (No. 27), on his debut for his country, with the score 75 16 63. A tough match that lasted 2 hours and 36 minutes, in which the 20-year-old from South Tyrol finished with a sixth game point. Thus Yannick remains undefeated in the singles matches in the Davis Cup (6 wins out of 6) and brings the national team the number of matches won in a row to seven.

However, the streak came to a halt in the last game of the day, when the pair consisting of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini was overtaken by the Argentine made up of Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos with a score of 75 26 63.

Italy, who took full points with two victories (they beat Croatia last Wednesday), return to the field on Sunday in the last game of Group A: facing Sweden in a match that could give the Azzurri first place, which is significant given the quarter-final doubles: if the men of Volandri is at the top, they will face the second of the group (Great Britain, the USA, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan) while in the case of qualifying in second place, the opponent is the winner of the group. B (Spain, Canada, Republic of Korea and Serbia).

In the meantime, Croatia and Argentina are scheduled for tomorrow, with the Croatian team having one win and one defeat in their favour, while the South American team is not out of the match yet, despite two defeats in the same number of matches.

Filippo Volandri:
“I am very proud of the guys. These days we have built more sets that have worked more until today. We have a competitive weakness and that makes those who play singles more relaxed. Today Mathieu is not wrong, he has played his best tennis for quite some time now. Sener He took out all his tools, he was a player. We weren’t expecting such a Serondolo and it wasn’t easy to prepare for the match as we didn’t even know the opponent.
before one hour. I have a lot of options, a lot of singles, a competitive double and not just one. They are all owners: Matteo, Fabio, Lorenzo, Yannick, Lorenzo Sonego can play, who is not here because I can only call five. Everyone can play and everyone is ready. Our goal now is to beat Sweden: we want to win them all.”

Matteo Berrettini:
“One of the reasons I’m here is to feel that atmosphere. We’re building a special group, a team very close. The game plan against Baez was to take control of the match, and I started a lot better than the first match against Coric. I was aggressive from the start to not let him lead the exchanges.” I had to adapt as the field is very different from that of the US Open. The more I play here the better I am, very happy with the way I played. I try to go into the net as much as possible, my nature is not exactly like that but I try to do it because it is less difficult. The match looked easy, but it was enough to fall back a bit and the game could have changed. At Davis, it doesn’t count as a game, it’s a job to bring the points home.”

Yannick Sener:
“The goal now is to finish first in the group. Against Serondolo it was a difficult match from the start. In the second group I suffered more, and after that it was not easy to restart. But we lead the group and qualify, that is the most important thing. On Sunday we will try to do our best because The goal now is to go to Malaga first. Sunday’s match against Sweden is important, all players give 100% when they enter the field.”

Simon Polelli: “Too bad, we wanted to take the point home but we’re happy with the team’s win, of course! As a couple, Zeballos and Gonzalez are so close, even two seasons ago, they played in the Tour together. Today we probably made maybe a little more mistakes than usual but we fought to the end.”

Schedule and results
All Group A matches start at 3:00 p.m., according to the following schedule:

September 13: 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 vs Argentina
September 18: Italy and Sweden

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