Stefanos Tsitsipas’ victory over Matteo Berrettini did not prevent the Italian tennis team from reaching the final of the United Cup, a mixed country tournament in Sydney. The Greek Tsitsipas gave his country the first point (2-1) after two defeats, but then the Italian Lucia Bronzetti scored the third and decisive point against Valentini Grammaticopoulou: 6-2, 6-3. Italy will face the United States in the final.
Tsitsipas made it exciting in Sydney with a three-set victory (4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4), as tennis players prepare for the Australian Open. It was a necessary win after Italy beat Martina Trevisan and Lorenzo Musetti on Friday. This put pressure on Grammatikopoulou, who knew after one set and the necessary tears that she was working on a hopeless task.
Taylor Fritz had previously given the Americans the deciding point against Poland by defeating Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets: 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5). On Friday, Team USA was already up 2-0 thanks to wins by Jessica Pegula and Frances Tiafoe. The remaining matches were also won by the Americans: Madison Keys in singles, Fritz and Pegula in mixed doubles.
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