USA’s bid for a record-extending thirty third Davis Cup title is over after they misplaced a doubles decider to Italy in Thursday’s quarter-final in Malaga.
Italy’s Simon Bolelli and Fabio Fognini beat Tommy Paul and Jack Sock 6-4 6-4 to safe a 2-1 win and their nation’s first semi-final in eight years, wherein they are going to play Germany’s conquerors Canada.
The singles rubbers have been break up between the nations, with Lorenzo Sonego placing Italy 1-0 up by advantage of a 6-3 7-6 (9-7) success over Frances Tiafoe earlier than USA levelled proceedings as Taylor Fritz noticed off Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (10-8) 6-3.
That meant a doubles fixture was wanted for the primary time on this season’s quarter-finals, with Croatia and Australia having recorded 2-0 wins over Spain and Netherlands respectively earlier this week.
Bolelli and Fognini broke Paul and Sock as soon as in every set to maneuver Italy nearer to a primary Davis Cup title since 1976.
USA haven’t gained the Davis Cup since 2007, with captain Mardy Fish saying: “I’ve needed to win this factor for a really very long time as a participant and captain.
“It isn’t going to occur this yr and it stinks. We’re going dwelling with out the trophy, which is a bummer.”
Canada shock Germany’s doubles pair to achieve final 4
A deciding doubles was additionally required in Thursday’s second semi-final, with Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil inflicting a primary Davis Cup defeat on Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz as they gained 2-6 6-3 6-3.
Krawietz and Puetz had gained every of their earlier eight matches collectively within the competitors however got here unstuck in opposition to Canada as Shapovalov atoned for his earlier singles loss to Jan-Lennard Struff.
Shapovalov, the World No 18, had suffered a shock 3-6 6-4 6-7 (2-7) defeat to Struff, just for Canada to then rebound and arrange a deciding rubber as World No 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Oscar Otte 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.
Krawietz and Puetz took the primary set within the doubles however Canada rallied to clinch a last-four assembly with Italy on Saturday and keep within the hunt for a maiden Davis Cup crown, with their greatest end result up to now after they completed runners-up to Spain in 2019.
Croatia and Australia will contest Friday’s first semi-final with the ultimate then going down on Sunday.