Alcaraz fires Spain into Davis Cup quarters, Italy down Sweden


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VALENCIA, Spain, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Carlos Alcaraz secured his first win as world primary on Sunday as he beat South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo to ship Spain into the final eight of the Davis Cup whereas Matteo Berrettini helped Italy seal high spot of their group with victory over Sweden.

Alcaraz, who reached the highest of the rankings on the again of his triumph on the U.S. Open, survived a good second set to topple Kwon 6-4 7-6(1) after Roberto Bautista Agut had given Spain the lead by dispatching Hong Seong-chan 6-1 6-3.

“Davis Cup is different. You are playing with your team, represent your country. You don’t play just for yourself. You’re playing for everyone in Spain, you know,” Alcaraz, who transformed all three of his break factors, advised reporters.

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“It is a different atmosphere, different air you breathe, totally different from the other tournaments.”

Six-times winners Spain will meet Croatia for a spot within the semi-finals.

In Group A motion in Bologna, Berrettini confronted little hassle in seeing off Elias Ymer 6-4 6-4 earlier than Mikael Ymer levelled the tie for the guests with an upset 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over in-form Jannik Sinner.

The veteran duo of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini settled the tie in Italy’s favour with a dominant 7-6(2) 6-2 win in opposition to Andre Goransson and Dragos Nicolae Madaras within the doubles decider and arrange a last-eight conflict with the United States.

“I’m feeling happy. Obviously the main goal was to qualify for Malaga. We did it after the first two matches,” mentioned world quantity 15 Berrettini.

“In the locker room today we were talking. We said the job wasn’t done yet. We still want to make a statement for ourselves… we give everything, especially when we play in front of so many people that they’re here to support us.”

Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz led Germany to high spot in Group C after they shocked Wimbledon champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell of Australia 6-4 6-4 after Jan-Lennard Struff and Thanasi Kokkinakis had received their respective singles rubbers.

Germany will tackle Canada within the quarter-finals with Australia going up in opposition to the Netherlands. The knockout rounds shall be performed in Malaga from Nov. 22-27.

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Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru
Editing by Toby Davis

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