In the city of Turin the local team, Italy, could not overcome their counterpart Croatia in the first series of the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup 2021 and said goodbye to the contest.
At the first meeting of Borna Gojo singles, one of the revelation tennis players of this contest and ranked 279 in the world, He got rid of Italian Lorenzo Sonego (27th) by 7-6 (2), 2-6 and 6-2.
In the second match, Jannik Sinner was forced to win to give Azurra the illusion and he did so. Against Marin Cilic, the native of San Candido beat him in almost three hours of the game by 3-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-3.
In the meeting that decided the outcome of the series, the best doubles pair in the world composed of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic beat Sinner and Fabio Fognini without problems 6-3 and 6-4.
With this result, Croatia became the first nation to qualify for the semifinals and positioned itself as one of the best four in the Davis Cup for the fifth time.. The previous ones were: 2005 (champion), 2009 (semifinalist), 2016 (finalist) and 2018 (champion).