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Davis Cup: Fritz raises level for Italy and USA in quarterfinals

Málaga, Spain (AP) — Taylor Fritz edged Italy and the United States level 1-1 in Thursday’s Davis Cup quarter-finals after losing to Francis Tiafoe in singles. Ties are decided by doubles.

World No. 9 Fritz defeated Lorenzo Musetti 7-6(8), 6-3 on Málaga’s indoor hard courts, while Lorenzo Sonego made a big serve to beat Tiafoe 6-3, 7-6(7). did.

The American pair of Tommy Paul and Jack Sock faced Simone Borelli and Fabio Fognini in doubles.

Fritz hit 12 aces and earned a break to beat world No. 23 Musetti twice after beating him at Wimbledon in June.

Sonego, ranked 45th in the world, has 17 aces and has never lost a service game to Tiafoe. Sonego sealed the win after Tierfoe’s forehand hit after a lengthy rally to end the second-set tiebreak.

“I feel like I let my mates down,” Tiafoe said. “It’s stiff. It’s been a great season for me and I wanted to win for the team, so it’s not my problem, it’s the team’s problem, so it’s extra frustrating.”

The 19th-ranked Tiafoe, who reached the US Open semifinals in September, won her only match at the Paris Masters just over three weeks ago.

Sonego took the lead this time, Tiafoe said.

A few weeks ago I was playing very aggressively. Today he was,” Tiafoe added.

Sonego saved two set points while serving 6-5 down in the second set to force a tiebreaker. He said he took advantage of the loud Italian fans who showed up to support him in Spain, home to more than 250,000 Italians.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Soneko said. “We are in Málaga, not far[from home]. I really enjoyed every moment on the court with the crowd.”

Italy are playing without their top two players as Jannik Sinner heals an injured finger and Matteo Berrettini recovers from an injured leg.

The United States holds a record 32 Davis Cup trophies, the last one being in 2007. The previous format saw the final eight teams draw in the host country, rather than a revamped event where he gathered in one place for his week of tennis.

Fritz said he kept his promise to team captain Mardy Fish despite a long season that included three titles and a run to the ATP Finals last week.

“I made a promise to Mardy to come here and fight for the team,” Fritz said. “We come here and look at the other teams and our own team and I feel like we have a very good chance of winning it all.”

Germany will then face Canada in the quarterfinals.

Croatia, led by Marin Cilic, beat Spain, who were without Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, on Wednesday.

Croatia will face Australia in the semi-finals after beating the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The final is Sunday.

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