Italy’s journey to the Davis Cup 2021 was unfortunately interrupted in the quarter-finals. Croatia, which was able to count on one of the strongest pairs in the decisive double, eliminated the team led by Filippo Volandri.
Lorenzo Sonego played one of the worst games of his 2021 and lost in three sets to Borna Gojo, current number 279 in the world. An amazing Jannik Sinner then signed a sensational comeback against Marin Cilic and put the Italians back in the game.
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, however, were impeccable and conquered the decisive point for their team. The South Tyrolean (South Tyrol is a region of northern Italy, located on the border of the Austrian and Swiss Alps - ed.) has certainly caught the attention and responded on the pitch to the criticisms received after the no to the Tokyo Olympics.
The Italian number two won the three matches played in singles and demonstrated all his attachment to the shirt.
Piatti: "It is ridiculous to think Jannik Sinner is not 100% Italian"
Riccardo Piatti, in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, explained: "He is just like that: a boy who loves this sport and enjoys playing it.
When he is at the Academy of Bordighera he stops to play with the younger ones, with my son Rocco and the other boys even in football and basketball. It comes naturally to him. It is ridiculous to think that Jannik is not 100% Italian: he really cares about the flag and the blue shirt, in Turin we saw how he communicates with the crowd and you love to involve them.
He was honest as always: before he didn't feel ready, he was tired, he did what he thought was right. In fact, here he is playing at three in the morning to try the double with Fognini. Here is the Jannik of Turin."
Right at the end of the Davis Cup experience, Sinner explained that he will try to recover his energies over the next few days before starting the preparation for 2022. The 20-year-old will also represent Italy at the ATP Cup; the hope is to see Matteo Berrettini also on the court with Sinner, who had to give up Davis due to the abdominal injury suffered at the ATP Finals in Turin.