Double to Croatia, Italy eliminated – Tennis

Double to Croatia, Italy eliminated – Tennis
Double to Croatia, Italy eliminated – Tennis
The ItalDavis dream dies out in the quarter-finals. Croatia wins 2-1 on the fast indoor Pala Alpitur in Turin: Lorenzo Sonego falls against Borna Gojo, Jannik Sinner remedies by reassembling Marin Cilic but then in the double, alongside Fabio Fognini, he can do nothing against the close-knit duo. by Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic.

Croatia advances, therefore, which is now waiting for a match between Serbia and Kazakhstan but there will be no shortage of regrets at the Azzurri home. It is useless to go around it: to make a negative difference is the bad day of the 26-year-old from Turin, beaten in three sets by that Gojo who had already been able to subvert the prediction with Popyrin but who appeared in Turin as number 279 in the ranking.

On paper, in short, there should have been no story but Sonego is surprised: 7-6 (2) 2-6 6-2 the final in favor of the Croatian after a battle of two hours and 19 minutes. The blue seemed to feel too much pressure like when, in the first set, from being one step away from 5-1 it ends at the tie-break. And there, on two equal, he lets himself get nervous, suffering five points in a row from his rival.

Sonego’s reaction bodes well but a new blackout in the fourth game of the third set still costs the Piedmontese serve: many, too many errors, especially with the forehand for Sonego, who at 2-4 does not capitalize three balls to re-enter the match until deliver the 0-1 point in the next game. “I ended up exaggerating in prolonged exchanges because I didn’t have the necessary peace of mind – the blue’s mea culpa – I lacked the continuity I needed, I had too many empty passes”.

At that point it was Sinner’s turn to keep Italy afloat but how many thrills for the 20 year old from Sesto Pusteria, who goes under 6-3 5-4 with Cilic serving for the match, only to bring her to the tie-break and even the score. At the beginning of the third set she breaks her rival’s serve but the counterbreak is immediate, then in the seventh game the definitive turning point: under the pressure of an audience that Sinner is the first to harangue, another break arrives and at the end the young South Tyrolean leads her in I take for the final 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-3.

Everything is decided in double, Captain Volandri asks Sinner for an extra effort, preferring him to Bolelli alongside Fognini to challenge the number one couple in the world and back from a season accompanied by nine titles, including Wimbledon and Olympic gold in Tokyo. But the company does not arrive: Pavic and Mektic close it at 6-3 6-4, Italy’s journey ends here.


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