Davis Cup: Italy beats the USA within the doubles and reaches the semifinals

Italy beat the USA in a doubles decider on Thursday to advance to the Davis Cup semifinals for the primary time in eight years.

Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini defeated Tommy Paul and Jack Sock 6-4, 6-4 to safe a 2-1 victory for Italy after the groups cut up singles matches.

Bolelli and Fognini broke as soon as in every set to arrange a semifinal in opposition to winners Germany and Canada on Saturday.

Earlier, Lorenzo Sonego used his massive serve to beat Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 7-6 (7) to present the Italians a 1-0 lead. Taylor Fritz introduced the US stage after beating Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (8), 6-3.

The US holds a file 32 Davis Cup trophies, however the final got here in 2007 with the earlier format of best-of-five matches performed in host international locations as an alternative of the revamped occasion the place the underside eight groups collect in a spot for every week of tennis. The American crew led by Captain Mardy Fish arrived in Spain with excessive hopes of with the ability to break the dry spell.

“I’ve needed to win this factor for a very long time as a participant and captain,” Fish stated. “It is not going to occur this 12 months and it sucks. We go residence with out the trophy, which is a disgrace.”

Italy, whose solely Davis Cup title got here in 1976, received with out their two finest gamers as Jannik Sinner has an injured toe and Matteo Berrettini is recovering from a foot downside.

Sonego, ranked no. 45, scored 17 aces and by no means gave up a service sport to Tiafoe. Sonego grabbed the win after Tiafoe scored a forehand after an extended rally to finish the second set tiebreak.

No. Nineteenth-ranked Tiafoe, who reached the semifinals of the US Open in September, received their solely earlier struggle on the Paris Masters simply over three weeks in the past.

This time Sonego took the lead, Tiafoe stated.

“A few weeks in the past I used to be taking part in very aggressively, operating him, hitting a lot more durable. At present it was,” Tiafoe stated.

Sonego saved two set factors to serve at 6-5 within the second set to drive the tiebreaker. He stated he tapped into the raucous Italian followers who turned out to help him in Spain, residence to greater than 250,000 Italians.

“I am actually happy with my crew and this unbelievable crowd, it is like being in Italy. They’ve supported us from the beginning,” stated Italy captain Filippo Volandri.

Fritz hit 12 aces and had day without work to beat world no. Musetti, ranked twenty third, for the second time after defeating him at Wimbledon in June.

On Wednesday, a Croatian crew led by Marin Cilic superior to the opposite semifinal after beating a Spanish crew lacking Rafael Nadal and world no. 1st place Carlos Alcaraz.

Croatia will face Australia, who beat the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The ultimate is on Sunday.

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