Taylor Fritz pulled america stage with Italy at 1-1 within the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Thursday after Frances Tiafoe misplaced his singles. The tie can be determined in doubles.
No. 9-ranked Fritz beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (8), 6-3 on the indoor hard-court in Málaga after Lorenzo Sonego used his massive serve to defeat Tiafoe a 6-3, 7-6 (7).
American pair Tommy Paul and Jack Sock had been slotted to play Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in doubles.
Fritz hit 12 aces and transformed one break to raised the No. 23-ranked Musetti for a second time after beating him at Wimbledon in June.
Sonego, ranked No. 45, struck 17 aces and by no means ceded a service recreation to Tiafoe. Sonego clinched the win after Tiafoe netted a forehand following a protracted rally to finish the second-set tiebreaker.
“I really feel like I let my guys down,” Tiafoe mentioned. “It’s robust. It has been an important season for me and I wished to win for my staff, so (I really feel) some additional frustration as a result of it’s not about me, it’s concerning the staff.”
No. 19-ranked Tiafoe, who reached the U.S. Open semifinals in September, received their solely earlier assembly on the Paris Masters simply over three weeks in the past.
This time Sonego took the initiative, Tiafoe mentioned.
“A few weeks in the past I used to be taking part in very aggressive, operating him round, hitting a lot more durable; in the present day he was,” Tiafoe added.
Sonego saved two set factors whereas serving 6-5 down within the second set to drive the tiebreaker. He mentioned he drew on the loud Italian followers who confirmed as much as assist him in Spain, which is residence to greater than 250,00 Italians.
“It was an incredible ambiance,” Sonego mentioned. “We’re in Málaga, not too far (from residence). I actually loved each second on the court docket with the group.”
Italy is taking part in with out its high two gamers as Jannik Sinner heals an injured finger and Matteo Berrettini recovers from a damage foot.
The U.S. holds a file 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 per week of tennis.
Later, Germany performs Canada within the quarterfinals.
On Wednesday, a Croatia led by Marin Cilic superior after beating a Spain aspect 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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Publish date: 2022-11-24 19:40:57
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