Sonego and Sinner beat Opelka and Isner and Italy liquidated the United States. At the Pala Alpitour in Turin, the Azzurri's debut in the Davis Cup is perfect. A triumph, with the two rookies who do not let themselves be betrayed by the emotion and, driven by the cheering of the home crowd, give Filippo Volandri's team a clear victory against an opponent who is distantly related to the tennis superpower of twenty years ago. However, there is no trio of victories for Italy against the USA in the Davis Cup because the Azzurri lose in the double but win the match 2-1. Fognini and Musetti last only one set, then they yield against Ram and Sock. The two boys from Volandri fight in the first set, losing 5-7 at the tie-break, while in the second there is no story: 6-2 for the Americans, the match ends at 2-0 after a 'hour and 36 minutes of play. It is a painless defeat for Italy, which with the 2-1 victory over the USA is putting it at risk of reaching the quarter-finals. The Azzurri will return to the field tomorrow afternoon, at 4 pm, to face Colombia at the Pala Alpitour in Turin on the third day of the Davis Cup under the Mole.
The owner of the house opened the tournament for the Azzurri, and this is not a way of saying: Sonego is a genuine Turinese, he lives a few blocks from the Pala Alpitour, he trains at the Circolo della Stampa - Sporting which is next to the building that has become the tennis theater. "I would have liked to take even more tickets, I couldn't invite everyone," he said after the triumph against Opelka. He did not start with the favors of the prediction, yet he succeeded in the enterprise: a 2-0 in an hour and 31 minutes, with the cheering that increased the decibels at each point. "The public gave me a great hand, at the match point I experienced the most exciting moment of my career - confides the twenty-six year old - because it was great to play in my city".
His grenade faith is full-blown, some Toro scarves have also sprung up in the stands: "They force me to put on ffp2 masks, if I could I would have worn that of my favorite team", Sonego's joke. And then there is a special dedication: "This victory also and above all goes to Matteo - says the tennis player, referring to Berrettini, who was forced to forfeit due to injury - because I would have liked to share these emotions with him: we often hear from each other, even yesterday evening. he wrote and uploaded me a lot. He is an example for me, he has a different attitude from the others and I always learn a lot from him ".
His was a practically perfect match: "Opelka doesn't give you pace, I was good at playing aggressively and making few mistakes - the analysis on the triumph for 6-3, 7-6 - and then on 4-3 they put my song: it charged me even more, from there it was my race and it grew ". If Sonego ignited the Pala Alpitour, Sinner gave Isner a real tennis lesson. "I had lost against him in Cincinnati, tonight I responded really well - says the South Tyrolean after the success in just 62 minutes - and then I must admit that playing at home helps a lot: it was beautiful, it was exciting to represent Italy. in the Davis Cup ". And now there is the dream of repeating the feat of 1976: "It is important to know the history,we know what these great tennis players did - admits Sinner on the dream team made up of Panatta, Barazzutti, Bertolucci and Zugarelli, as well as the non-player captain Pietrangeli, the only Italian team to triumph in the competition - and we want to try to win too. It is normal to want to go forward and not just participate, we are a young and united group but we can also count on the experience of Fognini and Bolelli ".