World No. 10 Jannik Sinner couldn't hide his happiness after Italy qualified for the quarterfinal at the Davis Cup Finals. Sinner, who is having his Davis Cup debut, beat Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros 7-5 6-0 to seal victory for Italy over Colombia.
In the opening rubber of the tie, Lorenzo Sonego beat Nicolas Mejia 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-2. “It’s an unbelievable feeling playing here and it is a great feeling to be already qualified,” said Sinner, per the Davis Cup Finals website.
“I think me and Lorenzo played a great match, a tough match against tough opponents. Obviously it means a lot for us”. Sinner insists Italy has a great group of players. “We are a great group of incredible players," he continued.
"We have two players with a lot of experience in Simone [Bolelli] and Fabio [Fognini], and me and both Lorenzos [Sonego and Musetti] are young players. We still have so much to learn, we have a great captain as well. For us it’s just a pleasure to play here in this arena.
We’ll try our best on Monday as well”.
Sinner, Sonego lead Italy to victory
Sonego entered the match as the big favorite but Mejia won the first set. "In the first set I was too tight," admitted Sonego.
"He played a good match. He’s definitely a player that can grow, but I’m delighted I won the match”. Mejia said playing for his country means a lot to him and his game raises when he represents Colombia.
“I have always said that playing for Colombia, playing Davis Cup, it's the best thing that tennis has given me,” said the former junior world No. 4. “Playing for the country lifts my level and I appreciate that. I really enjoy that. I really look forward to playing many more ties and many more matches for Colombia”.