The stadiums of Turin, Madrid and Innsbruck have finally opened to the oldest team tournament in the world: the Davis Cup finals began today, with the participation of the teams of Groups B, C and D. For Italy, led by Filippo Volandri, will have to wait until tomorrow, when the Azzurri face the United States in a big match that promises to Be more open than ever.
Hit Gojo on Popyrin, Croatia before Australia
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Today, the blue team will be watching with great interest the scenario in Turin, where the confrontation between Croatia and Australia could be the next contender in the quarter-finals. At the Pala Alpitour in Turin, the crossing between the numbers 2 Borna Gojo and Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (5) 7-5 was resolved in favor of the Croatian, number 270 in the world.
The two tennis players did nothing but prolong the trend the former player had started: In February, Boberin won 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in Melbourne, after an arm wrestling that went on for three playoffs. At the Pala Alpitour, ironically, the first set is decided in the tiebreak: Gojo, who failed to impact the first (91% of the first the Australian kept on the field) nor the second, still managed to refuse to break 5 balls. opponent, mocked him in the tiebreak at 7-5.
The bitter conclusion of the first set greatly destabilized Popyrin, who in the second set was no longer able to earn break points. Bored and opportunistic, Gojo releases the winning claw in match eleven, avoiding a rematch in Melbourne.
Thus, Croatia moves to 1-0, Waiting for Cilic de Minor The conclusion of the appointment A double between Mektic/Pavic (Olympic and World Champion #1) and Bolt/Peer.
Elias Ymir Ok vs Diez, Canada is in danger
In Madrid, the Scandinavians won the first quarter of the Canada-Sweden match with Elias Ymir. On the shields: The Swede won 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 28 minutes over Canadian Stephen Dies. This result forces North American native Vasek Pospisil to react with pride against Mikael Ymir to prolong the feud in the doubles match and not regret the illustrious absences of Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
In his first Spanish-style encounter, Ymir opened with an immediate respite to return for the Canadian, who had lost four consecutive games, in the fourth inning. The only spark for a decidedly opaque afternoon would be for Diez, who succumbed in the second half of the first set to the Swede’s killer first – who in the first trimester would convert 74% of points with the first, against a measly 45% of the opponent – nailing the first set at 6-4. The second set opens and closes similar to the first, with Ymer taking off thanks to two breaks in games one and five.
Machak surprises Gasquet, dreams of the Czech Republic
In Innsbruck, Czech Tomas Macak stunned France’s Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-2, The opposite of the stalemate dictated by the beginning predictions. Thanks to this success, the Czech Republic can hope for the project; The second match between Mannarino and Vesely will tell us a lot about the ambitions of the transalpines for this edition.
What emerges with certainty from the first confrontation between the two national teams is the mockery of the Czechs: Machak pulls the first set against Gasquet into the tiebreak, saving 3 of 4 breakout points at the only chance obtained. ; In the tiebreak, the Czech unleashed a counter-overtaking by moving to the final 7-3 and reducing 5 aces during the first set.
From there, the Czech no longer lost the helm: ruling the second set was even tougher for Gasquet, who surrendered 2-6 after defending with his teeth in a very tight first match marked by six draws; But Machak does not rule out: the Czech plays 5 games in a row and expels the French.
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