Italian Davis Cup Team Captain Corrado Barazzutti was satisfied with the way his team performed over this weekend as he insisted that he didn't want to see his side take South Korea for granted. Italy, led by world No.
11 Fabio Fognini, was straight impressive in their Davis Cup qualifying round tie as they handed a 4-0 loss to South Korea to qualify for the Davis Cup Finals for the second consecutive year. "We are very happy to qualify.
We’ll try to go again, for a second time in Madrid," Barazzutti said, per the Davis Cup website. “The prize that I promised - to win for the people who are not here - we caught it. I’m very happy for us, for Italy.
"We played with respect for the opponent. Matches are always tough in Davis Cup, but we wanted to play focussed. We didn’t want to take any risks." Fognini and 2020 Rio Open runner-up Gianluca Mager claimed singles wins on the opening day of the tie to give Italy a 2-0 lead, before Fognini and Simone Bolelli won the doubles rubber to seal the win for the hosts.
Captain Barazzutti then decided to give Stefano Travaglia a chance to make his Davis Cup debut in a dead rubber -- and the 28-year-old Italian didn't disappoint as he demolished Yunseong Chung 6-0 6-1.