by Alain Chivilò
The final is tinged with blue. A huge national tennis team wins the second Davis Cup in its history. 47 years have passed to see Italy lift the Davis Cup again. After six lost finals, the time has come for national men’s tennis, finally victorious in the 2023 edition.
Some conditions and inertia for a not poor result were in the air. The main and protagonist actor is and was Jannik Sinner. The Dolomite’s tennis player is the athlete of the moment, in an endless state of exceptional form. In life nothing is obvious but, Sinner proved to be the player and captain on the court, taking the national team by the hand until lifting the trophy.
The captain of Italy is Filippo Volandri who, in the week of the Silver Salad Bowl Final, put his players on the field at their best, knowing had a very motivated ace.
The winners of this very strong team are: Matteo Arnaldi, Lorenzo Musetti, Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Sonego, Simone Bolelli.
The Final, although it may have seemed one-sided, was played in the first match. Matteo Arnaldi in 2.24 H wins at the decisiding set against Alexei Popyrin 7/5, 2/6, 6/4: in the third one, after saving eight break points, at the right moment closes a match that could have ended in a tie-break or in defeat with a clinical 50% (1/2) always break points.
In the second match, the tension rises but not for Jannik Sinner. Everything in the opening set with the Italian capable of scoring and saving, converting two deadly breaks. In the following one Alex de Minaur is unable to get up from the blow suffered and remains helpless in the set to zero: 6/3, 6/0 in 1.21 H.
The apotheosis can begin and the Italian national tennis team celebrates a prestigious and historic victory. On the court and only on the tennis court, the players, the captain and all the staff who accompanied, prepared and followed them can rejoice after an intense and competitive week, without ever having revived fatuous and boring controversies by cathode ray tube.
For the party and awards ceremony dedicated to the 2023 World Tennis Champions, after singing the national anthem, they can raise the cup victorious to the sky because the blue has dyed host Spain. For the occasion, a proven former player and then captain, victorious in Chile, Nicola Pietrangeli participates in the celebration by raising the cup, to create an emotional bridge between 1976 and 2023.
Italy vs Australia 2 – 0
The winners on the tennis court were: Matteo Arnaldi, Lorenzo Musetti, Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Sonego, Simone Bolelli, captained by Filippo Volandri.
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