L’Italy of tennis had been waiting for this moment for four years now, ever since Matteo Berrettini has given continuous evidence of growing maturity and Jannik Sinner to be one of the best tennis players of the near future. So now, finally, the national team takes the field with serious ambitions for the victory of the Davis Cup. The opportunities to see the big blues of the racket all together had already been, but choices of growth and assorted misfortunes have always denied this possibility. In the 2019 Sinner, after winning the Next Gen in Milan, he chooses not to participate because he still had to carefully select the moments in which to strain his physique to be built. Last year, however, the South Tyrolean started his streak that led him to still have the immaculate path in Davis, while Berrettini had to skip the appointment for the abdominal tear that had stopped him at Master of Turin a few days before.
The Berrettini-Sinner-Musetti trio – This year the number 11 and number 15 of the ATP ranking are present, but they must thank the number 30 if Italy can play its cards. In the qualifying match in Bratislava against Slovakia played in March, the score was 2-2 and all the weight on the shoulders of Lorenzo Musetti, the third man. With a test of class and intelligence, Musetti managed to recover a set a Norbert Gombos bringing Italy to Bolognawhere starting today (13 September) the group initial of the final phase. The American trip in preparation of this Davis for our two big names was contradictory. Berrettini has returned badly since Covid which stopped him at Wimbledonimmediately losing to the Canadian Open it’s at Cincinnati. To the US Openwith a better physical condition, was stopped abruptly in the quarters by the Norwegian Casper Ruud, then a finalist. Quarters reached in the last Slam of the season also for Sinner, who however had performed better in the two previous tournaments and lost one of the matches of the year against the Spaniard in New York Carlos Alcarazwinner at Flushing Meadows and new number 1 in the world.
Bolelli-Fognini, for a complete team – To aim for Davis’ victory, the captain Filippo Volandri he asked Simone Bolelli And Fabio Fognini to concentrate a lot on double this season, with good results: victories a Rio de Janeiro and al Croatia Openfinal reached a Sydney and at Swedish Open. In short, everything was designed to give Italy one chance of victory true, also in memory of the only Davis Cup won and “sung” by the protagonists in a beautiful documentary broadcast on Sky a few months ago. Even the PalaMalaguti, today Unipol Arenawhere they will be played in Bologna, the makeup has been redone for this event and it is very likely that the Azzurri will be sold out, therefore over 8 thousand spectators.
The opponents – What is missing? The opponents and they are not a walk in the park. First of all, we must overcome the Croatia from Marin Cilicalso eliminated at the US Open by Alcaraz, and double champion of everything Mate Pavic-Nikola Mektic. The Azzurri will face the Croats Wednesday 14 starting from 16. Then Friday 4 pm (4 pm) it will be the turn of theArgentina from Diego Schwartzmanalways dangerous and hard to beat, and another top-notch double formed by Horacio Zeballos And Maximo Gonzalezand then close Sunday 18 with perhaps the least complicated opponent, the Sweden of the young brothers Mikael and Elias Ymer.
The formula – The first two teams pass and we need to immediately take a look at the pairings of the final stage from Rum raisin which will be played from 22 to 27 September. If Italy wins its group it takes the second of the group Dcomposed of USA (without the US Open semifinalist, Frances Tiafoe), Great Britain, Kazakhstan And Netherlands; if it arrives second it takes the first of group B where they will fight Spain, Canada, Serbia And South Korea. There will not be Rafa Nadal, but facing Alacaraz’s Spain in Malaga right away is not the best. In all likelihood there will be other chances to get to the bottom in the future, but in this Davis Cup – well prepared and without Novak DjokovicNick Kyrgios and with Alexander Zverev upon returning after an ankle injury – you can take a closer look at the salad bowl. Italy hasn’t touched it for 46 years. It would also be time to do it.
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