The quarter-final starts badly with Croatia at the Pala Alpitour in Turin: Lorenzo yields 6-7 2-6 6-2. Now the second singles between Jannik Sinner and Marin Cilic, then the double
A suffering that lasted two and a half hours, but this time no happy ending. Lorenzo Sonego surrenders to world number 279 Borna Gojo in three sets (7-6 2-6 6-2) and Croatia wins a first point that puts Italy in serious danger. Now Jannik Sinner will have to try to level the situation in singles, but will have to beat Marin Cilic. Eventually everything will be played in doubles but the Croats can count on Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic who in 2021 won nine titles, including Wimbledon and Olympic gold.
A two-sided game, the one that opened the program of the Alpitour shovel. First set that sees Lorenzo Sonego really on the ball, charged, precise, fast. He wins a break for 3-1 in the fourth game, does not drop in intensity and even in the fifth game he has two balls for 5-1. Gojo is saved, takes courage, and also thanks to a decline of Sonego he gets back on par in the seventh game with a counterbreak. The Turin player drops to serve, makes many mistakes with his forehand and finds himself at the tie break. Gojo, who had surprised by beating the Australian Popyrin, number 61 in the world, makes no mistake. And he is not afraid, the tie break flies away like the set and Sonego finds himself 1-0 down. As against Meja in the match against Colombia, Sonny enters the field with a totally different attitude and immediately earns a break, consolidates it and again snatches the serve from the Croatian number 279 in the ranking. The Turin player arrives at 4-0 who then closes the set 6-2 and puts all the cards back on the table in the third set. But the Sonego of the second set is no longer found. The other Lorenzo returns in his place, the one not very effective in the serve and too generous with errors, especially on the forehand. A disastrous game, the fourth, for Sonego who suffers the break and in a moment is 4-1 down. He has two chances to return to the seventh game, the blue, but the number 279 in the world manages to save himself and take away other certainties from our number 2 who still gives up the service for the 6-2 final.
November 29 – 6:50 PM
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