Musetti lanza to Italy y Mannarino empata para France

Musetti lanza to Italy y Mannarino empata para France

Italy did not disappoint on their Davis Cup group stage debut. The transalpine team, one of the “coconuts”, which also has the field factor in its favor since group A is played in Bologna, began to reign against Croatia with the victory of Lorenzo Musetti, 30th in the world , against the 164th, Borna Gojo.who didn’t offer much resistance in the hour and 26 minutes that the match lasted (6-4 and 6-2).

Musetti With Jannik Sinner, he is the great present and future project (they are 20 and 21 years old while Berrettini, the other stiletto of the team, is already 26) of this Italy which aspires to regain splendor in the competition of 60s. and 70s (his only title dates from 76) with the Pietrangeli, Barazzutti, Panatta and company. He won this year in Hamburg and his Davis career is just beginning. He already played in the finals last year, but lost the only match he played, in doubles with Fognini, who also reiterated his presence despite his discreet year. In this year’s qualifying, Lorenzo released his win tally and Wednesday’s is the second in a row. Against Gojo, he minimized the risk, with eight unforced errors, and took advantage of the gifts of his rival, who committed 28 and gave him 13 break points. Thus, he passed the baton to Berrettini, who will have in his hands to seal the match against Borna Coric.

Mannarino evens the series

The German Jan-Lennard Struff suffered more in Hamburg to offer his country the first point of an atavistic duel against France. Struff, a consummate server plunged into a bad patch (he came to play a Challenger in July after losing in his first match in ten of the previous eleven tournaments) which relegated him to 132nd place in the rankings, despite being 55 last year at this stage, imposed his greatest experience, with 16 qualifiers played, against Benjamin Bonzi, who made his debut for France in this year’s qualifiers. With a 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5 he took the cat to the water.

And that his service did not fuel as usual. He placed 57% of the first, although he took advantage with 14 aces. He played as always, like a bonzo (43 winning strokes and 28 unforced errors), and it was expensive because Bonzi, 53rd in the standings and semi-finalist this year in Mallorca and Marseille, was unable to put pressure on others. Mannarino, facing Otte, will have the opportunity to bring France to life.

In the second team of the day, it was time for Mannarino and Oscar Otte. The Frenchman, currently ranked 47th at the ATP, arrived with the small favorite band against the Germanwho couldn’t get up to finish the series and fell by 6-4 and 6-3 in hour and twenty of match. The duel, dominated from start to finish by the Frenchman, who had just been eliminated in the first round of the US Open against a Dutchman Brouwer, world number 150, used experience to put his team on a par. An extremely reliable Mannarino with his serve, completed a perfect game on serve, without conceding a single break point to the German and closing the first round with a blank serve. In the second set, the reaction of the German did not come either, after losing his service in the fifth game of the set, he did not know how to take the pulse of the match and finally, the Frenchman, with a last break, certified the victory, leaving everything open for the match.

Paul overtakes the United States

The series between the USA and Great Britain, which takes place in Glasgow (Scotland), started with an American victory at the hands of Tommy Paul (#29), who beat Daniel Evans (25th in the world) in his second direct duel by 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4 in two and a half hours. The American, who came on after losing in the third round of the US Open in five sets to Casper Ruud, did not start the duel in the best possible way, giving up a break in the third game of the match but recovering it right away. Finally and all equal, the American closed the set 6-4 in just under an hour.

In the second set, with very low first-serve percentages for both players, it was the Briton who took the initiative in the game, taking advantage of two break points in the first game, but without managing to convert them. When he got the break, it would be in the fifth game, enough to score the second set on the scoreboard. It would be in the third set, when the nerves tighten the most and with everything extremely balanced until 4-3, when the match went into chaos, and it was time for Tommy Paul, who took advantage of the exchange of blows and after three consecutive breaks, he closed the game to the rest by 6-4. With this score, the American advances his team in this group stage.

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