Experience is a degree

Experience is a degree
Experience is a degree

Like Spain, Italy lost the Davis Cup Finals before they started. First it was Jannik Sinner who withdrew from the Málaga event due to some physical problems and, one day after the start, another bomb fell, the farewell to Berrettini, who has not yet recovered from discomfort in his left foot. A partial goodbye, because the Roman has stayed on the Costa del Sol, a very popular region for transalpine tourism, encouraging his team, which even without its two main assets managed to knock out Taylor’s United States this Thursday Fritz.

In the double duel (in addition, Canada-Germany is played, not before 4:00 p.m.) this Thursday between a thriving America and a more veteran Europe, For now, experience prevails. He started by surprising (6-3 and 7-6 (7) in 2h01) the number 45 in the ranking, a Lorenzo Sonego champion this year in Metz, a Tiafoe (19th) who was unable to counteract the Italian bombardment on the fast track of Martín Carpena (17 direct aces).

Sonego broke in the first set to make it 4-2, saved a break point against him and knew how to close the first fight against the ‘villain’ of the Laver Cup, the man who, together with Sock, defeated Nadal and Federer in the last game of the career of the Swiss genius. In the second set, after Tiafoe wasted two match points, it would reach a tie-break, in which the American was the first to take the lead (1-3). A sequence of four straight points from Sonego put him on the ropes and he ended up knocked out, leaving Taylor Fritz a hot potato in the second turn.

Fritz tie and the doubles decides

The responsibility did not weigh on the Californian, one of the two Top-10 present in Andalusia (he is ninth in the ranking). Despite disembarking at the headquarters on Tuesday from Turin, where he fell in the semifinals of the masters against Novak Djokovic, the current champion of Indian Wells, Tokyo and Eastbourne, who has finished reaching maturity this season, in which he has accumulated 45 wins and 21 losses, dispatched Lorenzo Musetti23rd racket in the world, with a 7-6 (8) and 6-3 in 1h38.

Twelve aces and 87% points won with his first made the American impenetrable when he had the initiative. He only conceded three break options to Musetti in the entire contest, which was played to the throat (28 winners and the same unforced errors for the Italian, 35 and 20 for Fritz). He did not take advantage of any of Carrara, winner this season in Naples and Hamburg.

The first set was decided in a long tie-break, which left Musetti just short of strength for the second. He was left without answers when Fritz broke his serve for 2-3. They were only able to win one game of the next four and ended up consummating their second defeat in four games in this competition, for Fritz the fifth victory in eight.

The doubles ruled in favor of Italy. The wayward Fabio Fognini, always unknown (he has had stretches in his career as a world top player and others as a vulgar player due to his volcanic character), and Simone Bolelli, 35 and 37 years old respectively, executed the Americans Jack Sock and Tommy Paul in two sets (6-4 and 6-4 after 1h21). The azzurra, a historical power that has given birth to the player with the most Cup wins (Pietrangeli with 120) and the best doubles pairing (the one formed by Nicola with Orlando Sirola, 34 points), is on the hunt for its first Salad Bowl since 1976, the only one that shines in their showcases. An anomaly that is two heats away from correcting.

Fognini: “Spain is my second home”

Fognini, like many of his compatriots, has a certain fondness for Spain, which he called his “second home” at a press conference. “Flavia (Penetta, his partner, tennis player) and I lived for a large part of our careers in Barcelona and our three children were born there. He will always be in my heart”, said the man from San Remo, who felt the warmth of the well-nourished stands of countrymen, as was to be expected: “In these times the travel conditions are complicated, so it is appreciated. Davis is not like other tournaments, so we need all the support you can give us.”

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