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Italy vs GB: Fognini and Seppi complete the comeback




TENNIS – Italy vs GB. Naples celebrated a sensational comeback win by the Italian team who rallied from a 1-2 deficit to overcome Great Britain in the quarter final of the Davis Cup. First Italian top player Fabio Fognini clinched a stunning win over Andy Murray 6-3 6-3 6-4. Then Andreas Seppi completed the home triumph by beating James Ward 6-4 6-3 6-4. Italy set up a mouth-watering semifinal against a star-studded Swiss team. Diego Sampaolo

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Italy has reached the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 1998. That year the Italian team lost the final in Milan against Sweden.

This is really a great victory. We started the day with two difficult matches. My players played two great matches. It’s difficult to believe that we won in six sets. We have waited for a long time to go into the semifinals”, said Italian Davis Cup Corrado Barazzutti.

Fognini played one of the best matches in his career breaking Murray’s winning streak of 19 consecutive singles victories in the Davis Cup. The Scotsman had not lost a singles match in this competition since 2005. Fognini was once again the Italian hero in the Davis Cup. He had already led Italy to an impressive win over Argentina in the first round last February and lived up to his strong reputation as Davis Cup specialist

Murray got off to a good start with a break and took a 3-1 lead but Fognini managed to break back. Murray was under pressure when he served at 3-4 but he made a double fault when he was facing a break point. Fognini reeled off five games in a row to serve out for the first set.

Murray held serve in the early games of the second set but Fognini got two breaks to go up 2-0 on sets. Murray served to stay in the match at 4-5 in the third set but Fognini earned three match points. Murray managed to fend off the first two match points before Fognini sealed his 12th consecutive Davis Cup singles win on his favourite clay surface as Murray his forehand into the net.

The first day was the worst one because I was not feeling really good. I started to feel something after two sets and at the end we were a bit unlucky. I was really angry after the doubles match and this morning I woke up and said OK let’s go. Put your face in the court like always. I played my best tennis. It was really tough. ”, said Fognini.

Despite the defeat Murray congratulated with Fognini on his match. “He is a very strong player especially on clay. I knew it was gong to be a tough match and I wasn’t able to play well enough”, said Murray

In the second rubber World Number 34 Andreas Seppi sealed the Italian triumph by beating James Ward in three sets. It was not so easy for the player from Sud Tyrol despite the difference of ranking against World Number 161 Ward, who is able to raise his level when it comes to Davis Cup as he showed last February when he beat Sam Querrey in San Diego.

There were six breaks of serve in the first nine games before the match was interrupted for 25 minutes because of rain. Ward served to stay in the set at 4-5 but he made three forehand errors in a row to give Seppi a 1-0 lead.

Ward got a chance to break serve for 3-2 but Seppi saved it with a forehand. Seppi broke serve in the following game as Ward hit a backhand into the net. The Italian closed out the set with a drop shot.

Seppi served out the third set on his first match point.

I was more nervous than in a a match in a normal tournament, as you are playing for your country and not for your yourself”, said Seppi

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Spain to face Russia and Ecuador in Davis Cup Finals next November



The draw of the 2020 Davis Cup Finals in Madrid took place at the ITF offices in London on 12th March. The Davis Cup Finals will begin in Madrid on 23rd November 2020.


Defending champions Spain has been drawn in the Group A against Russia and Ecuador. Last year Rafael Nadal guided the Spanish team to the triumph in the final against Canada at the Caja Magica.

This year’s ATP Cup champions Serbia will face Germany and Austria in a Group A, which features three top 10 players Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. Djokovic beat Thiem in this year’s final of the Australian Open.

In the Group E the USA will take on Italy in a re-match of last year’s late round-robin match. These two teams were drawn against Colombia.Last year’s finalists Canada will meet Sweden and Kazakhstan.

Three former Davis Cup champions France, Great Britain and Czech Republic have been drawn in Group C.


Croatia will clash against Australia and Hungary in Group D.

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John Millman Praises ‘Special’ Atmosphere After Australia’s Davis Cup Triumph

John Millman praised the ‘special’ Davis Cup atmosphere in Adelaide after their 3-1 win over Brazil.



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John Millman praised the ‘special’ Davis Cup atmosphere in Adelaide this weekend after Australia booked their spot in the Davis Cup Finals. 


As Australia headed into the second day with a 2-0 advantage, many people expected a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts but that turned out not to be the case.

Marcelo Demoliner and Felipe Meligini Rodrigues Alves gave Brazil hope after an epic 2 hour and 54 minute win over James Duckworth and John Peers.

A 5-7 7-5 7-6(6) victory for the Brazilians saw the tie taken into a fourth rubber as John Millman knew he had to step up to seal victory for the Aussies.

Another sensational match as Millman battled past Thiago Monteiro 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 7-6(3) to secure a thrilling win and Australia’s place in November’s Davis Cup Finals.

After sealing the win, Millman praised the special atmosphere in Adelaide over the two days, “To have an experience like this, that’s better than just about any experience I’ve had,” Millman told Tennis Australia.

“It was something pretty special this weekend. I enjoyed every second of it. It was so much fun. It was an emotional rollercoaster and we’re so happy to get through. To do it with these boys, it’s been a really special week.”

As for captain Lleyton Hewitt, this win typified what he loves about the home and away format that the Davis Cup Qualifiers shows, “There were ebbs and flows in all the matches. It could have gone either way,” Hewitt said.

“That is what Davis Cup is about and that’s why I love the home and away format. To have the atmosphere and the crowd involvement, it was a lot of fun for us to be out there.

“For these guys to play in front of their home fans again, they don’t get to do it throughout the year that often. I’m just thrilled for them that they get to enjoy it and be part of it. It is something really special.”

Next for Hewitt and his Australian team will be the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, where they will join last year’s semi-finalists Spain, Canada, Great Britain and Russia as well as wildcards Serbia and France.

Also qualifying for November’s showpiece were Ecuador and Kazakhstan after their respective wins over Japan and the Netherlands.

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Kei Nishikori Out Of Davis Cup In Latest Blow To Japan

More bad news for fans of the injury-stricken player.



Former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori has hinted that he may not be able to return to the tour until the clay season after withdrawing from his country’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Ecuador.


Nishikori, who is currently ranked 31st in the world, had been in Miki training ahead of his country’s clash in the team competition. Raising hopes that he will be making a return this weekend. However, he has now confirmed that he is not fully at the level he needs to be to play. The 30-year-old hasn’t played a competitive match since September after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

“Physically I’m not at my max.” AFP news quoted Nishikori as saying on Thursday.
“I want to return to competition after I improve my strength and become fully confident.
“It might be after Miami or during the clay season,” he added.

Japan will now enter their tie without their two top ranked players on the tour. Another notable absentee is world No.48 Yoshihito Nishioka, who has pulled out of the competition over coronavirus concerns. Yesterday the country recorded it’s 1000th infection of the illness, which is also known as Covid-19. The outbreak has affected many public events in Japan, but officials are confident that this year’s Olympic Games will go ahead as planned.

As a result of the outbreak, the Davis Cup clash will take place behind closed doors. The decision was jointly made between the ITF, Japanese Tennis Association and the country’s government. Baseball matches in the country have also been played without a crowd and the football J-League has been postponed.

“I am grateful just to be held while many sports are being cancelled.” Yasutaka Uchiyama told reporters.
“I want to get results firmly for the fans who support me in front of the TV. ”

Uchiyama and Go Soeda will be the two players who are playing singles in the tie against Ecuador instead of Nishikori and Nishioka.

Another Davis Cup tie affected by the Coronavirus is Italy’s home tie with South Korea. The government announced on Wednesday that all sporting fixtures will be played behind closed doors until April 3rd. Italy is the worst affected country in Europe with more than 3000 cases.

During a recent interview with Ubitennis, the ITF has said that are monitoring the threat posed by Covid-19 to their tournaments on a ‘case by case’ basis and are liaising with the relevant authorities. The ITF is the body which runs the Davis Cup.

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