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Italy wins the decisive doubles match to reach the Davis Cup semifinals



Italy advanced to the semifinals of the Davis Cup by Rakuten in Malaga after Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli beat Jack Sock and Tommy Paul 6-4 6-4 in the decisive doubles match to earn the Italian team the 2-1 point after both teams split the singles matches. The Italian team clinched a win over the United States in the Davis Cup for the second consecutive year to reach their first semifinal at this tournament since 2014. 


Earlier today Lorenzo Sonego beat Frances Tiafoe 6-3 7-6 (9-7) in the first singles match to give Italy a 1-0 lead before Taylor Fritz pulled the United States level with Italy at 1-1 in the Davis Cup quarter finals. 

In the opening singles match Sonego fired 17 aces and never dropped a service  game to Tiafoe. 

Sonego earned the first break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and held serve after saving a break-back point. Sonego closed out the first set 6-3 on his first set point. 

Sonego fended off a break point in the sixth game of the second set with his 10thgame.  The Italian player saved two set points while he was serving 5-6 down to force the tie-break. 

Sonego sealed the win after Tiafoe netted a forehand after a long rally to end the tie-break of the second set. 

“It was amazing atmosphere. We are in Malaga, not too far from home. I really enjoyed every moment on the court with the crowd”, said Sonego. 

Fritz beat Sonego 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 to keep the US team alive. The US player fired 12 aces to beat Musetti for the second time this year after scoring a win over the Italian player at Wimbledon last week. 

Musetti saved an early break point in his first service game and faced another chance in the eighth game. Fritz dropped just one point in each of his six service games. Musetti saved a set point in the 12th game with a crosscourt forehand after a long rally. Musetti wasted two set points in the tie-break on the 11th and 15thconsecutive point. Fritz sealed the tie-break 10-8 after Musetti sent a lob wide. 

Fritz saved three break points in the first game of the second set. The US player broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and held on his next service games. He closed out the match with second break in the ninth game after Musetti made his third double fault. 

“Fritz showed that he is really in good form. He showed even last week. He played really good. I think it was even tough for him, especially the first set. At the end I had my chances. I did not take them, but tennis is like this. I tried to be brave, to be aggressive on his second serve, but I was a little bit maybe in a rush, and he deserved the win”, said Musetti. 

In the decisive doubles match Bolelli and Fognini broke once in each set to set up a semifinal against either Germany or Canada. 

Tommy Paul faced two break points at the start of the match but the US team saved them. Fognini and Bolelli converted their fourth break point in the ninth game and sealed the first set 6-4 after Sock made a volley error. 

Italy faced the first break point on Fognini’s serve in the second game of the second set. Sock faced two break points in the seventh game and Bolelli converted the chance to earn Italy a 4-3 lead. Bolelli held serve at love for 5-3 before Fognini sealed the win on the first match point with an ace in the 10th game. 

Fognini and Bolelli won the Australian Open doubles title in 2015 and reached the quarter final at this tournament in 2022. This year they won two titles in Rio de Janeiro and Umag.

“I am really happy. I am here with my “brother”. We played really well”, said Fognini. 

“I am happy for me, for Fabio, for the team. It was really tough, but it is great to be through to the final”, said Bolelli. 

Italian captain Filippo Volandri expressed his happiness after the match. 

“I am really happy to have this team. Everyone is ready to do this job whenever I call them. I am really proud of all of them. Sonego has had a tough year but I knew he could do unbelievable things in the Davis Cup and he did”. 

Italy won the quarter final without its top two players as Jannik Sinner has an injured finger and Matteo Berrettini is recovering from a foot injury. 

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Alexander Zverev beats Roman Safiulin to to claim his second title of the year in Chengdu



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