Davis Cup: Italy’s first victory in Bologna: Croatia was defeated 3 to 0


Filippo Volandri – Photo Sposito

Italy’s journey in Group A of the Davis Cup and the Rakuten Finals in Bologna begins with a victory. The Azzurri beat Croatia 3-0 on the pitch in the Green Set of the Unipol Arena in Casalecchio di Reno.

Lorenzo Musetti (quantity 30 ATP) beat Borna Gojo (quantity 164) with 64 62 in one hour and 24 minutes in a match that after begin was dominated by the 20-year-old from Carrara.

So Matteo Berrettini (quantity 15) eradicated Borna Coric (26 ATP), the shock winner in August has gone to the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, in three teams: 67 (4) 62 61 in two hours and 20 minutes and 26 years- outdated from in Rome who suffered in the first half, after which took measurements from the opponent (the proportion of the first ones in the service is sort of excessive) which he didn’t settle for something.

To full the victory of the workforce led by Filippo Volandri got here an surprising, double victory. Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini received towards the strongest Croatian couple, fashioned by Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, on the finish of a really powerful and thrilling match, which delighted the viewers: 36 75 76 (3) remaining rating.

There had been greater than 6,000 spectators on the Unipol Arena in Bologna, together with the President of the Emilia-Romagna Region Stefano Bonaccini, Chief Executive Officer of Tourism and Major Sporting Events of the Municipality of Bologna Mattia Santori and Bologna participant Lorenzo. It’s Silvestri. Italy will return to motion on Friday 16 September towards Argentina (beginning at 3pm).

Lorenzo Musetti
“This was one in every of my greatest victories in my profession. My opponent served nicely, however I broke his weapon. Then the backyard sort allowed me to reply correctly, learn his report and his conclusions. The viewers was enthralled from begin to end. This isn’t a playground, it is a stadium: we appear to be athletes with the enjoyment of those peculiar folks. It was nice to share this thrilling recreation with all these followers and with my household”.

Matteo Berrettini
“I’m very glad, in Davis I’ve by no means performed a lot and in Italy. There was a loopy ambiance. I did not begin nicely, however I attempted to enhance in the sport. At first I struggled with the entrance, the balls had been too swollen. If you are not excellent together with your toes and torso, the ball does not work and for those who’re tough issues are tough. I continued to play my recreation, I do know that it pays off. After the first set I bought used to it, I took a while, but it surely was unusual. I felt the adrenaline rise and the quantity. In my opinion on the US Open I performed an ideal recreation, however in phrases of continuity it was a recreation the very best since returning to the sphere after Covid. In the Davis Cup each level have to be received, now go to Argentina”.

Fabio Fognini
“I nonetheless love such a recreation. Simone is her huge brother and dealing along with her is so lovely. As lengthy as I’ve this hearth inside I simply play. I spent a foul 12 months and but I’m 55 from the world. I’ve been enjoying nicely for some time, I’ll attempt to end 50 in singles”.

Simone Bolelli
“Playing at residence is a superb alternative, having all of the folks cheering you on is nice. He additionally gave nice assist to Musetti and Berrettini. Davis’s fashion has modified, however we’ve got to reap the benefits of enjoying at residence”.

Filippo Volandri
“We are very glad, we wished to give again to Croatia. We have a united workforce and that makes the distinction, everybody who is sweet goes on the sphere. Musetti was prepared, we knew he would give all the things. For Berrettini it was a brand new begin in Davis and the extra the sport went on, the upper he bought. . The sinner will proceed his coaching, he’s getting higher and higher. As for the 2, it could be a disgrace to lose the match that Fognini and Bolelli performed nicely with one of many strongest {couples} in the world. Training tomorrow is the battle. Argentina can play many gamers, they’ll additionally play Cerundolo as a substitute of Baez”.

The third match of Group A is scheduled for in the present day, once more from 3 o’clock in the night, Croatia will face the Sweden of the brothers Ymer, Elias and Mikael. The Scandinavians surprisingly beat Argentina 2-1 yesterday.

Schedule and outcomes
All Group A matches begin at 3pm, in accordance to the next schedule:
September 13: Argentina 1-2 Sweden
September 14: Italy 3-0 Croatia
September 15: Croatia-Sweden
September 16: Italy-Argentina
September 17: Croatia-Argentina
September 18: Italy-Sweden

Italy 1 1 0 3 0 6 2
Sweden 1 1 0 2 1 5 3
Argentina 1 0 1 1 2 3 5
Croatia 1 0 1 0 3 2 6

On the web site and on Ticket One ( the sale of tickets to the general public for the match of the Bologna workforce continues, with FIT members ready to reap the benefits of a 20% low cost in whole. on particular person coupons and on season tickets.

The schedule of the occasion
Group matches are performed in 4 cities: in addition to Bologna, the venues are Hamburg, Glasgow and Valencia. The 16 collaborating groups are divided into 4 teams of 4, with the highest two making it to the finals. This methodology predicts for every match a two-on-two singles matchup, with the very best of two out of three groups. The scores for the ultimate stage shall be finalized by combining the winner of every group with the runner-up from the opposite teams in a draw in the quarter-finals.

Group B (Valencia): Spain, Canada, Serbia, South Korea
Group C (Hamburg): France, Germany, Belgium, Australia
Group D (Glasgow): USA, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Holland

Knockout stage (Malaga, 21-27 November) Quarter-final matches:
Winning Group A c. Second Team D to win Team C c. Second group B second group C c. winner Group D second Group A c. Group B winners

Broadcasting on tv
Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals has tv protection. For the first time – till 2024 – the group and knockout levels shall be broadcast reside on Sky Sport Tennis and performed NOW. As for the Bologna workforce, RAI broadcasts Italian matches reside on RaiDue, whereas the opposite groups are broadcast on RaiSport the next day.

In addition, followers can observe all of the matches of the final 4 tournaments on factors by means of SuperTenniX, the Italian Tennis Federation’s streaming platform. TremendousTennis has a studio contained in the Unipol Arena for communications and interviews.


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