Rafael Nadal sent out a congratulatory message to the Italian Davis Cup team following their triumph in Malaga. On Sunday, Italy claimed a 2-0 win over Australia in the final of the Davis Cup Final 8 event in Malaga. In the opening match, Matteo Arnaldi defeated Alexei Popyrin 7-5 2-6 6-4.
After Arnaldi gave Italy a 1-0 lead, Jannik Sinner also handled the business in the following match as he ousted Alex de Minaur 6-3 6-0 to seal Italy's win over Australia. Italy, who won its first Davis Cup title in 1976, now has two titles in the competition.
"Congratulations Italy. Very great!!!" Nadal captioned his Instagram Story.
The Italian Davis Cup team gets congratulated by Nadal
In Malaga, the Italian team started by beating the Netherlands in the quarterfinal.
Then, Italy managed to beat the Novak Djokovic-led Serbia. After overcoming the Netherlands and Serbia, Italy also got the job done against Australia. Sinner, ranked at No 4 in the world, went 3-3 in his singles matches in Malaga and was also 2-2 in his doubles matches with Lorenzo Sonego.
Sinner, 22, couldn't hide his happiness after winning his first Davis Cup title with Italy. “It has been an incredible feeling I think for all of us and obviously we are really happy. We kept together everything and obviously yesterday we went from one point away from being out and now we can celebrate the win.
I think we can all be very, very happy," Sinner said. Arnaldi, ranked at No 44 in the world, was playing for the first time since late October. Against Popyrin, 22-year-old Arnaldi came up big for Italy and sealed one of the most important wins of his career.
"I didn't play much in the last few weeks, so I was happy after the first match even if I lost. Now I have won one of the most important matches in my life," Arnaldi said.