MÁLAGA, Spain (AP) — Lorenzo Sonego gave Italy a 1-0 lead over america within the Davis Cup quarterfinals after beating Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 7-6 (7) on Thursday.
No. 45-ranked Sonego struck 17 aces and by no means ceded a service recreation on the indoor hard-court in Málaga. Sonego clinched the win after Tiafoe netted a forehand following an extended rally to finish the second-set tiebreaker.
“I feel like I let my guys down,” Tiafoe mentioned. “It’s tough. It has been a great season for me and I wanted to win for my team, so (I feel) some extra frustration because it is not about me, it is about the team.”
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 couple of weeks ago I was playing very aggressive, running him around, hitting much harder; today he was,” Tiafoe added.
Sonego saved two set factors whereas serving 6-5 down within the second set to power the tiebreaker. He mentioned he drew on the loud Italian followers who confirmed as much as help him in Spain, which is residence to greater than 250,00 Italians.
“It was an amazing atmosphere,” Sonego mentioned. “We are in Málaga, not too far (from home). I really enjoyed every moment on the court with the crowd.”
Taylor Fritz is scheduled to face Lorenzo Musetti within the different singles. If wanted, American pair Tommy Paul and Jack Sock are slotted to play Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in doubles.
Italy is taking part in with out its prime two gamers as Jannik Sinner heals an injured finger and Matteo Berrettini recovers from a harm foot.
The U.S. holds a report 32 Davis Cup trophies, however its final one got here in 2007 below the earlier format of ties being held at host nations as a substitute of the revamped occasion the place the ultimate eight groups collect in a single spot for every week of tennis.
Later, Germany performs Canada within the quarterfinals.
On Wednesday, a Croatia led by Marin Cilic superior after beating a Spain facet that was lacking Rafael Nadal and No. 1-ranked Carlos Alcaraz.
Croatia will face Australia within the semifinals after it beat the Netherlands on Tuesday.
The ultimate is on Sunday.
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