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The doubles formed by Rajeev Ram, debutant in the competition, and Jack Sock gave the United States the only point from their match against Italy (2-1) in Davis Cup Group E, which had already been resolved in favor of the transalpinos in individual duels.
Ram and Sock defeated Lorenzo Musetti, who entered through the previously announced Simone Bolelli, and Fabio Fognini by 7-6 (5) and 6-2. This victory fuels the United States‘ hopes of reaching the quarter-finals, for which it must be first in the group or one of the two best seconds.
Previously Lorenzo Sonego had beaten Reilly Opelka by 6-3 and 7-6 (4) and Jannik Sinner clearly to John Isner by 6-2 and 6-0, at the Turin venue.
The two Italians debuted at Davis. Sinner was a gale against Isner. In an hour he managed the feat of breaking his serve five times, without ever yielding his.
“Obviously when you play something for the first time, it is very special. If you win, much more. This is going to be on my list of the best of this year, of course. “
Isner did not object to his resounding defeat: “There are not many times when I have not had a chance to turn things around. But that’s how it was today. I don’t remember another game in which I lost so easily ”.
The victory of Sinner, the tenth player in the world, ratified the one previously achieved by Lorenzo Sonego, who had already been called up for both the 2019 finals and the 2020 qualifiers but did not get to play. He finally made his debut in a Davis match and did so with a difficult win over Opelka, the eighth-finalist this year at the US Open.
The Italians return to the North Americans the defeat they suffered in the last edition, in 2019 in Madrid. Colombia is the third team in group E. Italy and Colombia play on Saturday and the United States and Colombia on Sunday.
The United States, with 294 titles in its windows, does not have a good memory of its time in the 2019 finals, when for the first time since 2015 it was left out of the Davis quarterfinals. His only victory was the one he signed against Italy.
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