Croatia knock Italy out of Davis Cup quarter-finals

World number ones Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic clinched the decisive doubles rubber.

Pa Sport Staff
Monday 29 November 2021 23:17
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic sent Croatia through to the Davis Cup semi-finals
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic sent Croatia through to the Davis Cup semi-finals

Croatia silenced a boisterous Turin crowd as they edged past Italy 2-1 to become the first team through to this year’s Davis Cup semi-finals.

World number ones Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic clinched the decisive doubles rubber over Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 19 minutes.

Jannik Sinner had hit back from the brink to beat Maric Cilic and force the decider after the veteran Croatian had served for the match – and the tie – in the second set.

Borna Gojo scored a huge upset win in Turin (Antonio Calanni/AP)

The 20-year-old Sinner forced his way into a second set tie-break which he won before ultimately claiming a 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-3 win.

The Croatians had got off to a flying start as world number 279 Borna Gojo earned a 7-6 (2) 2-6 6-2 win over Lorenzo Sonego, ranked 252 places above him in the world rankings.

Croatia, winners of the tournament in 2005 and 2018, will play either Serbia or Kazakhstan for the right to contest Sunday’s final in Madrid.

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