In the second singles takes the field Jannik Sinner versus Alex de Minaur. Very high expectations from Italy. With this victory we wouldn’t have to play doubles and the salad bowl would be ours. And so it was. The South Tyrolean gave us the dream.
First set. The blue immediately extends his lead in the third game with a break to take the lead at 3-2. The cheering among the audience is skyrocketing. Game after game, Sinner wins 6-3 in 46 minutes. An easy first partial for the blue player who easily breaks the Australian’s serve twice.
In the second set there are no more words to describe an immense Jannik Sinner who takes the lead to 3-0, consolidating the break. The Australian is annihilated and is unable to break through the blue’s wall. We are witnessing a historic feat. Perfect match for the Italian who earned the 5-0 lead without major difficulties after an hour and 20 minutes of play. And there’s none for anyone. A clear 6-0 gives Italy their second title after 47 years.
The salad bowl is ours.
The immediate comment by Jannik Sinner, on Rai Sport, after the superb victory against Australia: “It’s a joy for the Italians who came all the way here to Malaga, and for all those who stay at home and cheered for us. It’s a great thing. This season we have suffered but we are a united team, each of us we can be happy. We’ve had an excellent season, we’ve suffered from Bologna up to here. We wanted Matteo (Berrettini ed.) to come here to support us, we can only laugh. There’s a lot of emotion, we knew it was something big, we had the right mentality.”
“These two years have been a great journey. It’s a day I’ve been dreaming of for two years. We are an extended family. Now we can celebrate. I’m super proud. I have no words left” then explained an emotional, almost in tears, Filippo Volandri, captain of the Azzurri.
Matteo Arnaldi: “Today I am very happy for having won the most important match of my career. I am happy with the emotions and sensations I felt: it’s a victory that counts, a month ago an important person for me passed away. I didn’t play one of the best games. However, it is not easy to play in a Davis final. I’m happy with the result and for having brought it home“.
The first singular he saw ours face off Matteo Arnaldi, number 44, against Alexei Popyrin, number 40. In the first set, in the fourth game, the blue manages to extend the lead thanks to a break: 3-1 for him. But in the next game, the fifth, the Australian immediately recovers with a counterbreak. And so on between the two until 4 all. Thanks also to some gratuitous errors by Popyrin, especially on the backhand, Arnaldi took the lead to 5-4. The Australian rebalances, 5 all, canceling three set points to the blue who really missed a great opportunity. In the eleventh game, it was Arnaldi’s turn to cancel two break points. But in the end the blue, through ups and downs, manages to take home the first set 7-5, in 55 minutes.
The second set It doesn’t start too well for Matteo. Many gratuitous errors, too many double faults, the Australian takes advantage and gains the 4-0 in a very short time. The blue seems to have lost concentration. Popyrin extends to 5-2 without too much effort. Really difficult moment for the Italian who now has to think about closing the set and concentrating on the third. The Australian wins the second set 6-2 in 35 minutes.
Third set. Arnaldi returns to the field with a better attitude and, above all, more reactive. Volandri, during the break, must have shaken him out of his torpor and convinced him to have the confidence to stay in the match. The blue tries to give everything. And he succeeds. The blue wins the third set 6-4, in two hours and 29 minutes. After the first singles, Italy is in the lead.
Italian fans are always right. This year they were convinced that it could be the right opportunity to return to winning ways and the victory against Serbia is proof of this. Now, between us and the salad bowl there was Australia, which has won 28 trophies. We had only won one, in 1976, with the fantastic quartet that today comments on the exploits of Filippo Volandri’s boys. The Australians were in their second consecutive final, after the one they lost last year against Canada, we had played the last one in 1998, 25 years ago.
But on our side we have the “phenomenon” Jannik Sinner, the “fantastic” Lorenzo Sonego, and the whole gang made up of Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti, Matteo Arnaldi and Simone Bolelli, led by Volandri, who just by watching them on TV cheer and encourage the teammates, everyone got goosebumps.
But those were different times and, above all, it was a different tennis. Of course, they are the second most titled nation in Davis history and were aiming for their 29th title, the first since 2003. But today we were also aiming for the second title in the history of the tournament. And we succeeded. They succeeded.
Today’s confrontation between the Italians and the “Aussies” was on another level, with different protagonists and a different spirit. A historic final for us. To finally be able to tell not only about the “Fab Four” of 1976, but also about our very young, talented, fantastic kids of the 2000s, who managed to establish themselves in the face of “gotha” of world tennis. After 47 years, the salad bowl returns to Italy.
Coppa Davis 2023 Final, Jannik Sinner vs Alex De Minaur
Sinner-Djokovic had a 17% share on Rai2
Italy’s success against Serbia in the Davis Cup semi-final in Malaga also translates into a great ratings success on Rai 2. All eyes will be focused above all on Jannik Sinner’s feat against Novak Djokovic – in the second match of the afternoon of yesterday – which, from 3.04pm to 5.42pm, was seen by 2 million 149 thousand spectators, with a share of 17 percent. Following, from 6.23pm to 8.07pm, the decisive victory of Sinner-Sonego in doubles against Djokovic-Kecmanovic had an audience of 2 million 536 thousand spectators with a share of 15.7 percent. At the end of the morning, however, Lorenzo Musetti’s defeat against Miomir Kecmanovic – from 12.10 to 14.40 – was seen by 1 million 689 thousand spectators, with a share of 12.2 percent.
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