Croatian Borna Gojo said having the Turin crowd against him didn't really bother him that much since he played college tennis in front of drunk students who were insulting. On Monday, Gojo pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career when he stunned world No.
27 Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (2) 2-6 6-2. Gojo's shock win over Sonego turned out to be key as Marin Cilic lost to Jannik Sinner in the following rubber but year-end No. 1 doubles duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic beat Sinner and Fabio Fognini in the decisive rubber.
“I know I can compete with anyone,” said Gojo, per Eurosport. “It's one match. Anything can happen. Maybe this is not the greatest comparison, but I played college tennis for a while. You have matches like this on a lower level but with the pressures like this a lot.
I think that helped me a lot to just deal with, like, the team, the environment of the team, [and] just be ready for the crowd to be on you when you play Italy in Italy”.
Gojo used to pretty much everything
“In college you had people talking really bad things like right in your face there, so you get used to way worse things than this,” he said with a smile.
“The crowd, I was able to deal with that good today. This is one of the big reasons I was able to get the win. "I think I played eight or nine clinching matches in my college career. There's been some really, really bad ones (crowds).
You literally have a hunded drunk students screaming in your face all kinds of things. “I'm also from Split. We're really, like, crazy down there. This isn't much for us. I was expecting way worse." Gojo is having a great run at the Davis Cup Finals as he also stunned Australia's Alexei Popyrin during the group stage.