Italy raises its head after the defeat against Australia. In the challenge from inside-or-out with France, Jannik Sinner gets rid of Arthur Rinderknech in the opening and Matteo Berrettini hits the first win of the season against Ugo Humbert at the same time in the second challenge of the ATP Cup 2022.
Number one and number two (obviously for the first time together) then put the signature on the final 3-0 against Martin and Roger Vasselin. Another chance for Vincenzo Santopadre's team: only if the hosts beat Daniil Medvedev's Russia will the Group B hierarchies be defined.
Sinner puts his signature on victory number eighty-one in his career with a perfectly normal performance. Consider the circumstances too, a great place to start. The blue talented player - who flirts with the break at the start and catches him at 2-1 - maintains very high percentages of points with the first ball and above all dominates the confrontation from the baseline.
The attempt not to get trapped in the net of prolonged exchanges proves to be counterproductive for Rinderknech, who in the fifth game even needs to make up a 0-30 disadvantage. Sinner, called at 5-3 30-30 to contain the first dangerous situation, closes with the serve-backhand scheme and a practically perfect short ball.
The dip in the heart of the second set has no particular repercussions on the final score. Sinner, who lacks clarity in his choices and who finds himself living with a lower percentage of first balls on the field, recovers a three-game disadvantage (3-0, 4-1) and dominates the tie break.
Presumably stained only by an unfortunate choice at the net at 4-1. And as per protocol he gives the point of victory. The number one of the Italy group wins almost 90% of the points with the first ball, but above all he takes advantage of the opponent’s pass in the early stages of the first fraction and remedies a rather gross mistake in the tie break of the second.
Humbert contributes to the cause on 4-4 with a double foul (the fifth of the match) immediately recovers the disadvantage, with a splendid straight solution from the center, cancels the first match point with courage near the net, but in the same way he raises White flag.
ATP Cup 2022: Australia beats Italy
Australia beat Italy in the first challenge of the ATP Cup 2022. The team led by Vincenzo Santopadre manages to snatch the starting point thanks to Jannik Sinner before giving up with Matteo Berrettini, fresh from the injury dated Finals, and Simone Bolelli in the decisive double.
Alex de Minaur puts the signature on par, then Peers and Saville will close the match. In the same group the Russia of Daniil Medvedev (who loses the singles against Ugo Humbert) manages to redeem himself thanks to Safiullin (who also brings the point of the momentary advantage) in the doubles.
Max Purcell, natural replacement for James Duckworth, fails to organize a real defense against the blue number two. On the contrary. He practically has time to move the zero from the game box in the inaugural set and somehow manages to make the passive acceptable after an initial 4-0 hit by Italy.
Sinner, who closes with just four unforced errors, seals the success (obviously the first of the season) at 6-1 6-3 and gives Santopadre's team the point of the momentary advantage. An anonymous performance. Understandable, and legitimate, given the circumstances.
Against an opponent absolutely in better shape - Alex de Minaur - the number one of the Italy group is unable to close the accounts. You want for the low percentage of points with the second ball, you want for the difference from the baseline.
'Demon' breaks the balance during the fourth game and does not make any particular changes to the script. He catches the break even at 3-3 in the heart of the second set, but he still needs the tie break to harpoon the final 6-3 7-6 (4).
Santopadre entrusts Berrettini and Bolelli with the task of subverting the prediction. The couple formed by John Peers and Luke Saville proves simplistically stronger. The 6-4 7-5 that matures on the threshold of ninety minutes of play is practically a logical consequence.
Also noteworthy is the victory of the United States in the derby against Canada. John Isner easily beats Schnur, Taylor Fritz, on the other hand, comes back a set late from Felix Auger Aliassime. The couple then obviously put the signature on 3-0.
Called to close, Berrettini makes no mistake and seals the success at 6-4 7-6 (6). Vincenzo Santopadre follows the Sinner-Berrettini line and makes no mistake. With a result already achieved, but in circumstances that are not obvious, the (unprecedented) couple wins an absolutely crazy match against Roger Vasselin and Martin's France. The 6-3 6-7 (6) 10-8 final is emblematic at the threshold of the hard hours of play.