ATP Cup: the final will be Italy vs Russia



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ATP Cup: the final will be Italy vs Russia

To dispel the taboo Pablo Carreno Busta, who had won the previous seven, Fabio Fognini probably chose the most suitable moment. The Ligurian unlocks the match against Spain (orphan of Rafael Nadal) and gives the 2-0 ball to Matteo Berrettini.

Needless to say, with the door wide open, he is not wrong. Italy qualifies for the final of the second edition of the ATP Cup: the Russia of Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev will be waiting for the team led by Vincenzo Santopadre.

It won't be easy, of course. Fognini plays the right game. Despite an empty passage in the heart of the second set, one would say. Carreno wins the first two games, “Fogna” the next six. The number two of the blue group, who after a short rain-break struggles to find support, concentrates the vast majority of physical and mental energies during the third and decisive set.

Even if he squanders one of the two breaks ahead and finds himself 15-30 in the eighth game. At the threshold of two and a half hours, the 6-2 1-6 6-4 he matures is practically a logical consequence. After the successes against Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils, Matteo Berrettini also notes Roberto Bautista Agut in the notebook of the victims.

Still forced to play the role of number one. With a performance spiced with thirty winning strokes (and only twenty unforced errors) the blue player breaks off in the score with a break at the start - which needless to say he defends to the end thanks to 74% of the points - he does not use two balls for the 3-2 in the second, but avoids the jeu decisif and goes 6-4 7-5 without too much difficulty.

Russia, just like Italy, avoids the decisive double. But he needs the third set in both cases. Rublev needs it to beat Struff, but above all Medvedev to survive Sascha Zverev. Who does not take advantage of any of the six break chances he has at the foot of the last tie break.

Great Ocean Road Open

The Great Ocean Road Open will be the first all-Italian final since 1988. The seventh in history, the second outside Europe, among other things also the first on hard courts. Thanks to Stefano Travaglia and Jannik Sinner.

The twenty-nine year old from the Marche region, who had started the season with the quarter-finals in Antalya, after the very tiring successes against Roberto Carballes Baena, Sam Querrey, Aleksandr Bublik and Hubert Hurkacz, also managed to overcome the fateful litmus test against Thiago Monteiro.

Realistically the least competitive of the package. Travaglia loses the first two games, yes, but he wins nine of the ten hits and from 6-3 3-1 he simply manages. Needless to say, it will be the first career final in the ATP Tour.

It will not be a first time for Jannik Sinner (former champion at the Next Gen Atp Finals and above all in Sofia a handful of months ago) back from the double commitment on Friday and with the gasoline hand worryingly close to zero.

Despite all the South Tyrolean talent, who wins the tie break of the first set thanks to the massive contribution of the service and who finds himself catapulted to the deciding set, he breaks off in the score at the start of the third with a splendid forehand recovery, cancels the four break points that puts on the plate in the following four rounds of service, but does not take advantage of a 30-0 advantage when called to serve for the match, but Sinner builds the point of 3-1 during the tie break with a backhand winning line, decisive blow both on 4-4 and on 5-4, and at the threshold of three hours of play it goes to 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-6 (4).

Daniel Evans and Felix Auger Aliassime will contend for the Gippsland Trophy (Murray River Open) title. Respectively winners over Jeremy Chardy - who had taken advantage of Stan Wawrinka's retirement - and Corentin Moutet.

The Canadian talented player will go in search of his first title in the major circuit after six consecutive defeats in the final collected between Rio (in 2019) and Cologne, obviously last year. Sinner, on an individual level he boasts 1 ATP title, out of two finals played, won in Sofia in 2020, thanks to which, at 19 years and 2 months, he became the youngest Italian tennis player to have won a tournament in the Open era.

[2] In the Grand Slam trials he reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2020, also in this case being the earliest tennis player in his country to go so far in a Major. He boasts 36th position as best ranking, reached on January 4, 2021, thanks to which he currently figures as the best placed tennis player among the Under 20s.