Alcaraz propels Spain to Davis Cup quarter-finals, Italy v Sweden

Alcaraz propels Spain to Davis Cup quarter-finals, Italy v Sweden
Alcaraz propels Spain to Davis Cup quarter-finals, Italy v Sweden

VALENCIA, Spain, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first victory as world number one on Sunday by beating South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo to send Spain into the last eight of the Davis Cup while Matteo Berrettini helped Italy seal first place. in their group with a win over Sweden.

Alcaraz, who rose to the top of the standings after their US Open triumph, survived a tight second set to topple Kwon 6-4 7-6(1) after Roberto Bautista Agut gave the lead to the Spain by eliminating Hong Seong. -chan 6-1 6-3.

“The Davis Cup is different. You play with your team, represent your country. You don’t just play for yourself. You play for everyone in Spain, you know,” Alcaraz, who converted all three of his break points, told reporters.

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“It’s a different atmosphere, a different air that you breathe, totally different from other tournaments.”

Six-time winners Spain will meet Croatia for a place in the semi-finals.

In Group A in Bologna, Berrettini had no trouble beating Elias Ymer 6-4 6-4 before Mikael Ymer leveled the visitors with an upset 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over Jannik Sinner in form. .

The veteran duo of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini settled the tie in Italy’s favor with a dominating 7-6(2) 6-2 win over Andre Goransson and Dragos Nicolae Madaras in the doubles tiebreaker and staged a last-eight clash with the United States. states.

“I feel happy. Obviously, the main objective was to qualify for Malaga. We did it after the first two matches,” said world number 15 Berrettini.

“In the locker room today we were talking. We said the job wasn’t done yet. We always want to make a statement for ourselves…we give it our all, especially when we’re playing in front of so many people that they’re here to support us.”

Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz led Germany to first place in Group C when they upset Wimbledon champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell of Australia 6-4 6-4 after Jan-Lennard Struff and Thanasi Kokkinakis won their respective singles rubbers.

Germany will face Canada in the quarter-finals while Australia will face the Netherlands. The Round of 16 will be played in Malaga from November 22-27.

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Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis

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