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Davis Cup |  Janic Sinner’s Italy clinched the crown against Australia

Davis Cup | Janic Sinner’s Italy clinched the crown against Australia

(Malaga) Italy won their first Davis Cup title since 1976 by beating Australia 2-0 in Sunday’s final.

In the second singles match of the day, Janic Sinner defeated Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-0. Matteo Arnoldi defeated Alexei Paprin 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to give Italy the lead.

The Italians have lost their last three finals against Australia, which lost to Canada in last year’s final.

“No other country has reached the finals twice in a row in the last two years, so we showed a great collective effort,” De Minaur said. We are so close it really hurts. We will be back. We have a great future ahead of us. »

Sinner improved to 5-0 in Davis Cup this week.

Sinner helped Italy beat Novak Djokovic and Serbia in Saturday’s semifinals, winning both singles and doubles against the world number one. Australia, for its part, edged out Finland to enter the final four.

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The 22-year-old needed just 81 minutes to seal the win against De Minaur and allow his side to celebrate.

“We’re all very young,” Sinner said. We all long to win one more time, but to get that feeling just once is truly special. »

Earlier in the day, Arnoldi saved eight break points before registering a break to take the third and final set.

“I think I won the most important match of my life,” insisted the 44-year-old Arnoldie In this world.

Italy has won the Davis Cup for the second time, while Australia has won the title 28 times.

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