It was a senseless drama at Malaga’s indoor stadium that unleashed the Italians’ ferocious joy. Miomir Kekmanovic started by defeating Lorenzo Musetti 6-7 (9-7), 6-2,6-1 to give Serbia a 1-0 lead in the semi-finals.
Djokovic then had three match points at 5-4 and 40-0 in the third set on Sinner’s serve. He got out of the hold, immediately broke and served the match himself: 6-2,2-6,7-5.
– It was clearly the decisive moment today. I just tried to push on every point and the 0-40 match helped boost confidence in the doubles as well. “This is what tennis can be like,” Sinner says, according to Reuters.
DC’s first loss in twelve years for Djokovic
It wasn’t just the match balls in the game, but the entire team competition. Now it came to a decisive double as Sinner won in a duel with Lorenzo Sonego over Djokovic/Kimanovic 6-3,6-4 and went to the final, the first in 25 years for Italy, against Australia, which will be held on Sunday.
For world number one Djokovic, who worked so hard to lead Serbia to the title, it was a huge blow and his first Davis Cup singles loss in twelve years. Djokovic was harassed by sections of the Italian fans and had no problem responding in this heated match. During yesterday’s match against Great Britain, he asked the fans to “shut up.”
In the last twelve days, Sinner and Djokovic have met in three singles matches and one doubles match.
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