A Slam legend says Novak Djokovic rips Carlos Alcaraz

Adriano Panatta underlined how the Serbian helped his team in the Davis Cup, unlike his two young competitors

by Lorenzo Ciotti
A Slam legend says Novak Djokovic rips Carlos Alcaraz
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By going second, behind Canada, the Italian Davis Cup team runs the risk of catching Novak Djokovic's Serbia. The Serbian was present, unlike Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz who withdrew after the US Open. Former Slam legend Adriano Panatta also expressed his opinion on this, commenting on the Davis Cup as a second voice for the Italian TV broadcaster Rai.

Panatta explained: "We are going to Malaga, but we are in the same part of the draw as Novak Djokovic's Serbia. The Serbian gave a good lesson to Sinner and Alcaraz by appearing in Valencia. Will Sinner be in Malaga? Volandri will summon him so that the strongest will compete they call, it will be his responsibility to say yes.

I really believe he will be there in Malaga." In Malaga, Italy counted the absences of Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini. Despite this, the national team led by Filippo Volandri could count on Lorenzo Musetti, Lorenzo Sonego and Matteo Arnaldi.

Having started as favourites, the road was more difficult than expected: qualification was achieved with a 2-1 victory against Chile and, against Sweden, after winning the first singles match against Leo Borg.

Panatta also expressed on Italian chances in Davis Cup

Panatta analyzed: "We were clear favorites in this group.

The 3-0 that Canada gave us seemed like a tragedy. And instead we redeemed ourselves very well against Chile. Canada avoided problems. This allowed us to have the qualification against Sweden in our hands." The Italian Davis Cup team will fly to Malaga for the final stages.

After the cases of Jannik Sinner and Fabio Fognini, it was Matteo Arnaldi and Lorenzo Sonego, in particular the former, who dragged the national team led by Filippo Volandri towards the next stage, which will be held in November.

The appointment, therefore, is from November 21st to 26th to determine who will be the new winner of the competition: who will succeed Canada?

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