Alcaraz sent Spain to the Davis Cup quarter-finals, and Italy - Sweden

Alcaraz sent Spain to the Davis Cup quarter-finals, and Italy – Sweden

VALENCIA, Spain: Carlos Alcaraz scored his first victory as world number one on Sunday (September 18) when he beat South Korean footballer Kwon Soon-woo to send Spain into the last eight of the Davis Cup, with Matteo Berrettini helping Italy to secure first place in his group with a victory over Sweden.

Alcaraz, who reached the top of the rankings after his US Open triumph, endured a tight second set to defeat Kwon 6-4 7-6(1) after Roberto Bautista Agut had put Spain ahead by sending Hong Sung. -chan 6-1 6-3.

“The Davis Cup is different. You play with your team, represent your country. You are not only playing for yourself. You know, you play for everyone in Spain,” Alcaraz, who converted all three of his break points, told reporters.

“It’s a different atmosphere, a different air that you breathe, completely different from other tournaments.”

Six-time winners Spain will play Croatia for a place in the semi-finals.

In Group A in Bologna, Berrettini managed Elias Ymer 6-4 6-4 without much trouble before Mikael Ymer equalized for the away side with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 upset over a fit Yannick Sinner. .

Veteran duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini settled the tie in Italy’s favor with a dominant 7-6(2) 6-2 win over André Goransson and Dragos Nicolae Madaras in the doubles decider to set up the last eight to clash with United. states.

“I feel happy. Obviously, the main goal was to get to Malaga. We did it after the first two matches,” said Berrettini, world number 15.

“Today we were talking in the locker room. We said the job wasn’t done yet. We still want to make a name for ourselves… we give it our all, especially when we’re playing in front of so many people that they’re here to support us.”

Tim Putz and Kevin Kravitz took Germany to the top of Group C when they stunned Australia’s Wimbledon champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell 6-4 6-4 after Jan-Lennard Struff and Thanasi Kokkinakis won their rubbers in singles discharge.

Germany will play Canada in the quarter-finals, while Australia will play the Netherlands. The playoffs will be held in Malaga from 22 to 27 November.

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