NOr is it a coincidence that Croatia appears second in the Davis Cup ranking posted on the official website of the International Tennis Federation. The Balcnicos, with permission from Spain, have been one of the best groups of the 21st century. They endorsed it yesterday at the Alpitour de Turn qualifying for the fifth time for the semifinals of the maximum competition by passes. Davis Cup final phase.
Despite the loss due to injury of Borna Coric, number 73 in the ATP ranking, Marin Cilic has found two new and at the same time good travel companions like Nino Serdarusic and Borna Gojo. The first jumped on Sunday to play his first game defending the Croatian elastic. He beat Hungarian Fabian Marozsan by a double 6-4. Serdarusic, 243rd on the charts, qualified his team for fourths with the win.
Serdarusic was replaced yesterday by Gojo. The 279 of the world gave a good account of Lorenzo Sonego by 7-6 (2), 2-6 and 6-2. Sonego, a native of Turn, was made a custard and couldn’t pass the ball over the net. It would never have been a starter if Italy had not had the last minute loss of Mateo Berrettini (abdominal).
The talented Jannik Sinner, only 20 years old, is known to not do well under pressure. He had it all because a loss to Cilic left them out. The 2014 US Open champion has regained a more recognizable version of what he was at the end of this season. And it is that 20 titles stand out in his palmars. At 30th place, it dropped to 47th in May.
Winner in St. Petersburg and finalist in Moscow, he performs perfectly on a hard surface indoors. Sinner, however, ended up winning the match 3-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-3.
Everything is decided in the doubles and the Croats have the two best. Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic defeated Fabio Fognini and Sinner 6-3 and 6-4.
Croatia, in this way, heads to the Madrid Arena where on Friday they will play the first semifinal with the winner of the series between Serbia and Kazakhstan. It should be remembered that the Croats have two Silver Salad Bowls achieved in the 2005 and 2018 editions.
The base of the team that won three years ago is still present with Cilic and Mate Pavic. The latter forms the best doubles in the world with his compatriot Nikola Mektic.
The first semifinalist has been planted among the four best, winning the three series in which he has participated against Australia, Hungary and Italy.
Novak Djokovic and the rest of the Serbian team tried out at the Madrid Arena to get used to the new playing conditions, different from Innsbruck. Nole was seen joking with Daniil Medvedev, his executioner at the US Open. A well understood rivalry.