Bolelli and Fognini Clinch Victory for Italy over Team USA

Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday, November 24, 2022

Bolelli and Fognini

Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini beat Jack Sock and Tommy Paul to reach Italy’s Davis Cup semi-finals.

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Italy beat the USA in the Davis Cup for the second year in a row.

Fabio Fognini and Simon Bolelli A 6-4 6-4 win over Jack Sock and Tommy Paul put the Italians into the Davis Cup quarter-finals – where they will face either Italy or Germany in their first Davis Cup semi-final since 2014.

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Italy improves to 9-4 against USA. The two teams have met in the last three Davis Cup events, renewing a rivalry that was dormant from 1998 to 2019.

Italy were the draw due to the absence of Matteo Berrettini and Yannick Sinner. Lorenzo Sonego He was quick to set the tone for his team in Malaga on Thursday.

Sonego played brilliantly against Frances Tiafoe, hitting 17 aces and breaking out of trouble in a tense second set to save a pair of set points that put Tiafoe away in the final set tie-break.

Sonego won 6-3, 7-6(7) to give Italy a 1-0 lead.

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Tiafoe played well, but not so much for Sonego, who was inspired to play for his country with the lion’s share of support from the crowd in Malaga.

โ€œHe said a lot of things, pushed me around, and I felt like he was an aggressor. He served well. I thought he served really well,” Tiafoe said. “I wasn’t as aggressive as I was. I was a bit aggressive and he took advantage of that.”

Tiafoe finished the season ranked 19th in the world, going 35th and 25th to reach the semifinals of the US Open.

Sonego has won two straight against the Top-20 after losing 13 straight against the Top-20 from May 2021 to this summer.

Taylor Fritz, The American No. 1 defeated Lorenzo Musetti 7-6(8), 6-3 to set the stage for the doubles match.

Fritz, who will end a season ranked ninth in the world top 10 for the first time, hit 12 aces and saved all three break points he faced to topple the 20-year-old.

“He’s shown that he’s in really good shape,” Musetti said of Fritz. “He showed it last week as well. He played really well. I think it was difficult for him, especially the first set. I finally had a chance. I mean I didn’t take it. But that’s how tennis is.

โ€œI tried to be brave and aggressive in his second, but it didn’t play out. But I was in a bit of a hurry, he deserved the win.”

Fognini and Bolelli used their wealth of experience to defeat Sock and Paul, and the 2015 Australian Open champions never played a broken match. They had critical breaks in each set, and after the win, American captain Mardy Fish criticized Rajeev Ram for not playing in his team.

“How’s Thanksgiving going?” Ram, fresh off winning the ATP Finals with Joe Salisbury, asked after the tie. He left a mysterious tweet.

This is considered a blow to the captain for leaving the team.

Fish explained his decision not to select the world No. 3 doubles player after the tournament.

“We have a lot of great players playing for the United States, and Rajeev is one of them,” he said. “He wasn’t in the team this year, that’s my choice. This is the team I fielded, so if anyone has a problem, it’s on me.

“Rajeev played. He played and played well. He’s played for us a few times with Jack and was really excited to see this team. And Jack and Frances are a great team. They played and beat some really good teams in some tournaments, so we had a lot of options. This was the team I went with today.

“But whether Rajeev was here or not, those guys would have won today. They played well, too well.”


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