World No. 4 Jannik Sinner led Italy to their first Davis Cup triumph since 1976 by defeating Australia in the final in Malaga, Spain on Sunday (November 26).
Sinner, named Player of the Tournament, showcased stellar performance, winning three singles matches, including a thrilling encounter with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, where he saved three match points and emerged victorious.
Additionally, he contributed to two doubles victories, contributing significantly to Italy securing their first Davis Cup title in 47 years.
The final witnessed Italy triumphing over Australia 2-0, with Matteo Arnaldi securing a win over Alexei Popyrin and Sinner claiming victory against Alex de Minaur.
Throughout the campaign, players like Lorenzo Sonego, Lorenzo Musetti, and Simon Bolelli played crucial roles as Italy put an end to their 47-year-long drought.
Despite constant struggles with injuries, Matteo Berrettini, another key player, was not selected for the final. Nonetheless, he stood by his countrymen in Malaga. It offered unwavering support as they embarked on a journey to make their nation proud.
Berrettini’s Resilience and Support
Sinner has overcome nine of the top 10 players since September. It complimented Berrettini for his unwavering commitment to the team despite a very difficult year due to injuries.
“It has been an incredible feeling for all of us, obviously we are really happy,” Sinner said. “[A] huge thanks to Matteo Berrettini. He’s had a very, very tough year with a lot of injuries and it means a lot to all of us that he came here with his positive energy.”
“We kept everything together. Thanks, Matteo. [On Saturday], we were one point from being out and now we can celebrate the win. I think we can all be very, very happy.”
“We are all very young. We are really hungry to try to win it one more time in our life, but we have this feeling at least once. It is a really special feeling,”
In the history of the Davis Cup, the Italians had lost three finals against Australia. The runners-up of the previous competition.