The Italians Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Sonego They have turned around the Davis Cup quarter-final tie that began with a defeat against the Netherlands (2-1), after being superior in the doubles to Tallon Griekspoor and Wesley Koolhof in two sets (6-3 and 6-4), with which the transalpine team reaches the semifinals of the tournament held in Malaga.
With this important victory, Italy fulfilled its condition of being one of the favorites and is one step closer to lifting the Salad Bowl for the second time in its history, although in the semifinals it will face one of the other two most powerful teams: Serbia or Great Britain, who will face each other this Thursday afternoon in the last chapter of the quarterfinals.
In the first match of the day, the mental toughness of Botic from the Zandschulp gave the Netherlands the first point after coming back with merit from a great confrontation against Matteo Arnaldi (6-7, 6-3 and 7-6) in almost three hours of play.
Next, the Italian number one, Jannik Sinner, He got up in time from the Dutchman’s blows Tallon Greek track (7-6 and 6-1) to make it 1-1 in the quarterfinal series of the tournament.
In it decisive clash of doubles, The transalpine team started well, but not much better than the Netherlands. At 4-3 in the doubles, Italy broke the Dutch serve showing great chemistry on the court, which gave way, almost immediately, to 6-3 due to unstoppable inertia.
Sinner was safe in the rest and when he was placed in front of the net he was also lethal. He was the support of Italy, but those in blue and white also hit with Lorenzo Sonego and his high peaks.
The Italians fed very well on the emotional factor with the fans always warm at the Sports Palace José María Martín Carpena from Malaga, while on the Netherlands side Grieskpoor seemed affected in mentality after having fallen to Sinner minutes before, in the second duel of the tie.
It was Koolhof who was keeping the Netherlands’ aspirations going in the second quarter. The mistakes of the world number 23 were very damagingespecially if you have two aggressive and brave tennis players like Sinner and Sonego in front of you.
In the doubles, the Dutch corrected, believed and proposed more fluid tennis to get four games in the second set, but they could not with the powerful serve of Sinner nor with the intensity of Sonego (6-4) and ended up succumbing 2 sets to 0.
With Italy’s qualification, there are already three teams with a place in the Davis Cup semifinals in Malaga: Australia and the Czech Republic, who will face each other on Friday (4:00 p.m.), and the Italian team, which awaits an opponent for Saturday. The latter could be the Serbia of Novak Djokovic, who will debut in the second match against the British Cameron Norrie, or Britain.
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