Soneko brings Italy’s first point against USA

Day three of the finals Davis Cup Starts with a surprise! In the Italy-USA quarter-final, the Italians won the first point. Lorenzo SonegoThe world No. 45 won in straight sets (6-3, 7-6) against the No. 19 in the ATP rankings. Francis Thiafoe.

The American won his first match, at the Rolex Paris Masters last month, but the Italian got his revenge in Malaga on Thursday. In particular, Lorenzo Sonego did not give up his face once, hitting 17 aces against his opponent’s 5, and showed his mental toughness by saving four break points.

Both were evenly matched throughout the game. Lorenzo Sonego finished with 19 winners and 15 unforced errors, while Francis Tiafoe finished with 22 winners and 15 unforced errors. But the game was played on serve and the Italian made the difference with his many aces.

Soneko saved three set points

The world number 45 also knew how to be realistic as he fended off his only break point in the first set at 4-2. An advantage he was able to maintain despite his opponent’s multiple attacks. Leading the score, Frances Tiafoe didn’t relinquish and had three chances to level at one set all round.

But at 6-5 in the tie-break, then 7 points to 6, Lorenzo Sonego saved these three set points and went 9 for 7 in the decisive game of the second game. Earlier he had missed two first match points. At the same time, he led by 4 to 6 points. The win gives Italy a 1-0 lead against the USA, who will line up Lorenzo Musetti with Taylor Fritz.

“It was amazing to play here with this atmosphere. The Italians support me. It’s good for me, for my tennis. From my experience, I’ve seen a lot of matches in Davis Cup, it’s different. In Turin I lost against Gojo, today I beat Tiafoe. He’s in the top 20 in the world. It’s different because it’s a different competition and you can do more, you can play with the public. »

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