Sonego loses first singles matches against Gojo, then Jannik tied for Marin Cilic but in doubles with Fognini fails to beat Mektic and Pavic
L ‘Italy Out in the quarter-finals of the championship Davis Cup, and the Croatia To fly to the semi-finals thanks to a 2-1 win in Turin. It’s the double made up of Mektic and Pavic to condemn the Azzurri: World’s No. 1 pair outlast 6-3, 6-4 Yannick Sener and Fabio Fognini Giving the Croats the decisive point. In the previous two singles, Sinner’s special mission overtook Cilic in a comeback and temporarily tied Sonego’s defeat with Gojo.
Fozini / SINNER-MICTEK / Pavic 0-2
The Davis Cup quarter-final double against Croatia has become crucial, but the duo of Miktic and Pavic, the world number one who can win nine tournaments this year, including Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, is very strong. Italian captain Filippo Volandri relies on Fabio Fognini and (surprisingly with a last-minute decision) Yannick Sener, who returned from the tiring marathon against Cilic: the Croats imposed themselves 6-3, 6-4 without much problem, relying on their greater experience in the disciplines and thus snatching A pass to the semi-finals. Fognini and Sinner’s opponents are relentless in serving and very tenacious, who try to impose themselves from below but are inferior in the game of flight and response. Just Sinner commits some naivety at the net, while Pavic takes his partner by the hand and his left curves a thorn in the side of the joke. The Croatian pair are the strongest in the world and can also be seen tactically, fighting the Azores but in the end they have to succumb to the applause of the Pala Alpitour crowd. Now Croatia is waiting for the winner between Serbia and Kazakhstan in the semi-finals.
Sener Selek 2-1
Yannick Sener fights like a lion and manages to shoot the Davis Cup quarter-final against Croatia in Turin: 1-1 after the singles. In the second match, the South Tyrolean achieved the achievement in a real fight and expert Marin Cilic returned with a score of 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Initially nothing a sinner could do against Cilic who is centered from the base line and relentless in serving: it is precisely serving that makes the difference in the first set when the Croatian doesn’t even allow a break while Sener loses his turn once, but just enough to steer the game on Croatian tracks. Cilic maintains high rhythms and pressure and with his experience as the former No. 3 in the world, he immediately accelerates even at the start of the second set: he broke in the first match and at this point the fate of qualifying is all in his hands. However, the 2014 US Open champion drops his serve for the first time and loses the serve to restore momentum to Sinner, but then another counter-break arrives which leads Cilic to serve the match with a score of 5-4. South Tyrolean does not give up and takes the opponent’s serve again at 5-5, lifting the group at that point to a tiebreaker and Sinner seizes the opportunity by equalizing the set number. We move on to the third and the match becomes a very difficult fighting point: Sinner’s break at the start, and the Croatian counter-direct break. The crowd is excited and when the two-and-a-half hours of play are crossed, Jannik puts another 4-3 break: He’s the crucial stretch, Sinner is mentally rock-solid and doesn’t seem to feel physically tired overcoming the opponent. After another blue break, the miracle happened. “Unbelievable atmosphere, it was a very difficult match but I never gave up,” the voiceless sinner said at the end of the match.
Resounding defeat against all odds Lorenzo Sonego in the first singles of the Davis Cup quarter-finals: In Turin, the tennis player unexpectedly fell 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-2 against 23-year-old Borna Gogo, number 279 in the world In a prestigious international debut. The blue starts strong and seems to honor positive expectations very easily: leading 4-1 with the ball 5-1 in the first set, Sonego has the match in his pocket but at this point the unthinkable happens. The Croatian starts playing very well, flicking off the tension at the start of the match, while the Turin is surprised and starts making petty mistakes. Gojo manages it all in defense and attack, Sonego gets nervous and the partial moves in sensationally to the Croatian in the second half. In the second set, Lorenzo collects ideas, holds on to experience and returns to impose his own game as at the beginning of the match, re-establishing hierarchies. Thus the opponent loses certainty and sets up a series of gullibility that makes the group slip away until the end 6-2. It seems to be the start of another game, but in the third set, Gojo doesn’t give up and does a real feat, holding on to the match and eliminating any teams in the standings (252 positions). Songo collapses mentally and the first point goes to Croatia.
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