Rising Italian Gianluca Mager admitted it wasn't easy against South-Korean Ji-Sung Nam but he was happy to clinch his maiden Davis Cup win. Mager, who finished runner-up in his maiden ATP final at the Rio Open last month, claimed a 6-3 7-5 win over world No.
238 Nam to give Italy a comfortable 2-0 lead over South Korea. Though he was playing his first Davis Cup match, world No. 79 Mager didn't appear to feel the pressure early on as he broke Nam twice and lost no service games in the first set.
After getting broken in the first game of the second set and receiving a medical time out a couple of games later, the Italian started playing better as he broke Nam twice to steal the set and avoid playing a decider. "I'm very happy to win for my country, for Italy," Mager said, via the Davis Cup website.
"It was a very difficult match, but I fight every point, I won and I'm happy." No spectators were in attendance as the tie is being played behind the closed doors due to coronavirus concerns. "It's very strange," Mager admitted.
"[But] I'm happy for my win and I hope the situation of these conditions, this virus, finishes early!"