MALAGA, Spain — Italy beat the USA in a doubles decider Thursday to advance to the Davis Cup semifinals for the primary time in eight years.
Bolelli and Fognini broke as soon as in every set to arrange a semifinal on Saturday towards Canada, which beat Germany 2-1.
The U.S. holds a report 32 Davis Cup trophies, however its final one got here in 2007 beneath the earlier format of best-of-five matches performed in host international locations as a substitute of the revamped occasion the place the ultimate eight groups collect in a single spot for per week of tennis. The American group led by captain Mardy Fish group got here to Spain with excessive hopes that it may break that dry spell.
“I’ve wished to win this factor for a really very long time as a participant and captain,” Fish mentioned. “It isn’t going to occur this yr and it stinks. We’re going residence with out the trophy, which is a bummer.”
Sonego, ranked No. 45, struck 17 aces and by no means ceded a service sport to Tiafoe. Sonego clinched the win after Tiafoe netted a forehand following a protracted rally to finish the second-set tiebreaker.
No. 19-ranked Tiafoe, who reached the U.S. Open semifinals in September, gained their solely earlier assembly on the Paris Masters simply over three weeks in the past.
This time Sonego took the initiative, Tiafoe mentioned.
“A few weeks in the past I used to be enjoying very aggressive, operating him round, hitting a lot more durable. As we speak, he was,” Tiafoe mentioned.
Sonego saved two set factors whereas serving at 6-5 within the second set to pressure the tiebreaker. He mentioned he drew on the loud Italian followers who confirmed as much as assist him in Spain, which is residence to greater than 250,000 Italians.
“I’m actually pleased with my group and of this unbelievable crowd, it seems like we’re in Italy. They assist us from the start,” mentioned Italy captain Filippo Volandri.
Fritz hit 12 aces and had one break to beat the No. 23-ranked Musetti for a second time after defeating him at Wimbledon in June.
Canada’s Denis Shapovalov rebounded from dropping his opening singles match to assist clinch the profitable level in doubles towards Germany.
Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, ranked 152nd, beat the No. 18-ranked Shapovalov 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2) within the opener. Felix Auger-Aliassime saved Canada’s hopes alive along with his 7-6 (1), 6-4 victory over Oscar Otte, sending it to doubles.
Croatia will face Australia within the different semifinal on Friday.
The ultimate is on Sunday.