Croatians can continue to dream of the third trophy, so far they have won it twice: in 2005 and three years ago, when the current team member Marin Čilič was present. In the final tournament, he will now face the better of Wednesday’s duel Serbia – Kazakhstan.
The first point for the Croats was scored by Borna Gojo, who surprisingly defeated Lorenzo Soneg in a three-set battle 6: 2, 2: 6 and 6: 2. “It’s great. We knew we had to get at least one point out of singles because we trust our doubles pair,” said the 279th player in the leaderboard.
However, the former winner of the US Open, Čilič, did not follow Goja. He succumbed to the world’s top ten Jannik Sinner in another captivating drama after almost three hours. At the same time, the 33-year-old Čilič had a hundred and a break and served for victory, but Sinner, 13 years younger, gave the Italians hope.
“The most important thing is that we are still in the game,” he said after winning 3: 6, 7: 6 and 6: 3. However, the wishes of Italian fans at Pala Alpitour did not come true. The favored duo Mektič, Pavič lost 6: 3 and 6: 4 to Sinner and Fabio Fognini.
The winners of the Czech Davis Cup team against the Germans will compete in the second quarterfinals in Innsbruck on Tuesday, followed by the Serbia-Kazakhstan duel and Russia-Sweden on Thursday. The final for the salad place will be hosted by Madrid on Sunday.
|Davis Cup Tennis Final – Turin Quarterfinals:|
|Italy – Croatia 1: 2|
|Sonego –Gojo 6: 7 (2: 7), 6: 2, 2: 6|
|Sinner – Cilic 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 3|
|Fognini, Sinner – Mektic, Pavic 3: 6, 4: 6|
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