Sinner Leads Italy Past Australia For Their Second Davis Cup Title
Jannik Sinner capped his best season leading his team squad over Australia to win Italy’s second ever Davis Cup title, first since 1976.
Matteo Arnaldi took the first point for Italy besting Alexei Popyrin 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. And then Sinner did the honors finishing off the Aussies with an emphatic 6-3, 6-0 win over Alex De Minaur to give his tennis-rich country its first Davis Cup title in 47 years.
“This is something different, something really special, because you don’t play for yourself but you play for the whole team. I think every one of us, we were really excited to be part of this. I gave 100%, all what I had, and I think the whole team, they all pushed each other, and this is the key why we are standing here with this trophy.”
Sinner, who beat Novak Djokovic twice yesterday to put Italy in the finals, finished his season winning 20 of his last 22 matches and end at No. 4 in the rankings.
“I cannot explain what I’m feeling right now,” added Arnaldi. “I didn’t play my best tennis, but I think the result is what matters. At the end, I played well in the important moments, and I think it was important for us, for the team, to win my match, so I’m really happy, and I hope I helped the team.”
Australia was seeking their 29th Davis Cup win and first in 20 years since 2003. They finished runner-up last year to Canada.
“There hasn’t been another nation that’s gone back to back in the last two years, so we are showing a pretty good effort collectively,” said De Minaur. “We are very, very close. It stinks like hell. We’ll be back. We’ll get this. I mean, we’ve got a very, very strong future ahead of us.”
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