On March 16, 1987, Victor Pecci defeated Aaron Krickstein in the deciding Davis Cup rubber in Asuncion at 2:35 am for the latest finish in the history of this competition. That all changed on Wednesday night when the USA prevailed against Italy 2-1, with the last point of the doubles match coming after 4 am for the second-latest finish in the history of the game after that Lleyton Hewitt vs.
Marcos Baghdatis Melbourne epic! In the first rubber, Fabio Fognini defeated Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes for his 30th Davis Cup victory during 12 consecutive years in this competition. Reilly fired 23 aces but his second serve let him down, suffering two breaks from three chances offered to Fabio and never finding the rhythm on the return, taking only 13 points there and never creating opportunities for a break.
Fognini hit the zone right from the start, delivering one good hold after another in the opener and stealing Opelka's serve in game three, enough to take it 6-4. Returners stood no chance in set number two, setting up a tie break that Reilly claimed 7-4 after three mini-breaks, gathering momentum ahead of the decider.
There, the Italian was back at his best, sailing through his service games and delivering a break in game two that carried him over the top. In the second match, Taylor Fritz secured the first Davis Cup win, beating Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 18 minutes to keep the USA alive.
Taylor won four points more than Matteo, converting two out of seven break chances and getting broken only once to prevail after being two points away from losing in the second set tie break. Berrettini grabbed the first set with a break in game 11 and they both served well in set number two to reach a tie break where they stayed locked at 5-5.
Fritz earned the pivotal mini-break in the 11th point, taking the breaker 7-5 and dominating in the deciding set to cross the finish line first with breaks in games three and five. In a doubles rubber that kept the players on the court until 4 am, Jack Sock and Fabio Fognini defeated Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and 20 minutes to secure the victory for the USA in the battle of two teams that were already eliminated before this epic tie that will go down to the record books.