Top-ranked Italian Fabio Fognini felt happy after his team secured a place for the Davis Cup Finals and admitted that playing behind the closed doors was "unique." There were no spectators in the attendance for the Davis Cup qualifying round tie between Italy and South Korea but that wasn't a problem for the hosts, who saw off the South Korean team 4-0 on a clay surface in Cagliari.
World No. 11 Fognini played a key part in helping Italy overcome South Korea as he demolished Duckhee Lee 6-0 6-3 in the opening rubber of the tie, before he and Simone Bolelli beat Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song 6-3 6-1 in the third rubber to close out the tie.
Italy failed to make it past the Round Robin stage at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals last November but now they will have a chance to compete once again in Madrid and battle for the main glory. "The atmosphere was unique, but the first goal was to qualify for Madrid," Fognini said, per the Davis Cup website.
"Now we are there. When you play for your flag, when you play for your country, it’s always a different feeling. But the first goal is done."