'It is practically impossible to match Rafael Nadal's feats', says former ace

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'It is practically impossible to match Rafael Nadal's feats', says former ace

World number 10 Jannik Sinner and number 27 Lorenzo Sonego saw an energetic effort from Colombians Daniel Elahi Galán and Nicolás Mejía, who they managed to win, to reserve Italy's place in the Davis Cup by Rakuten quarterfinals.

Finals 2021. The first favorites to advance into the last eight have been the Italians. They have done so ahead of the US and Colombia. The hosts of Group E did their job when Sinner followed Sonego's triumph in three sets over world number 275 Mejía with a more direct victory by 75, 60 over number 111 Galán.

Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah ensured that Colombia entered Sunday's clash with the United States with a victory to their name after beating Fabio Fognini and Sinner 62, 57, 76 (6) in a truly close doubles match.

which ended just before 3 am . But, even with the late-night loss and in doubles, it was largely Italy's day. The Italians, whose only Davis Cup win was in 1976, can look forward to another tie against local fans in Turin on Monday night, when they will play the Group D winner for a place in the semi-finals in Madrid.

"It's an amazing feeling to play here and it's a great feeling to be through," Sinner said. “I think Lorenzo and I played a great game, a tough game against difficult opponents. Obviously, it means a lot to us."

At Sinner, they have a player who seems capable of leading his nation to the final, a feat the Italians have accomplished only once before in the competition, but the world's No. 10, who just debuted. at Davis Cup on Friday, he is acting very solvent.

Rafael Nadal's 2021 season has been derailed by a chronic foot injury. The Spaniard has suffered from the problem since 2005, and it flared up once again during his semifinal defeat against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros.

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During the course of the media interaction, Arrese also spoke about 18-year-old Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz. Alcaraz has long been referred to as the 'next Rafael Nadal' due to his prodigious talent and claycourt prowess.

"With a couple of years, he will have plenty of experience and the mentality to be a great player and do great things. You do not have to rush him, he is mentally prepared and he will not have any problem even if they put pressure on him, but he is Carlos Alcaraz and you do not have to compare him with anyone," said Arrese.

"Achieving what Rafael Nadal has achieved is practically impossible, we will see if someone surpasses it," he said. "Djokovic is the only one I see prepared and who is likely to do so, but every time the young people go up a step it will be more difficult to beat them."