B. Coric b. F. Cerundolo 6-4 7-6 (6)
Borna Coricafter the defeat against Berrettini, he took the place of Marin in a great way Cilic – that the team led by Vedran Martic sympathetically feels close to them, through an image of the 33-year-old from Medugorje stuck on a chair and that all the team members kiss in a funny way after each success achieved – overcoming the younger of the brothers first Ymer and then today Cerundolo, thus decreeing elimination mathematics of the Argentines. A match Not awesome on a qualitative level, which however saw the 25-year-old from Zagreb to behave decidedly better when it came to playing i fifteen heavier. 2h12minutes to give Croatia a more than founded hope of log into to the quarters. For Martic’s men, now unbridled cheering for Italy: a defeat by Sweden would qualify them as second in the group. On the contrary, a KO of the team from Volandri, which we do not hope, would lead to recourse to the detached classification. In that case the Croats would risk not making it. Looking forward to tomorrow, they intend to round up further the result of today with their fixed points Mektic / Pavic.
THE MATCH – First clash ever between the two players, who follow each other in the standings (No. 26 in the ranking the Croatian, immediately after the Argentine at No. 27).
Break in opening for Coric, assisted by a foul start by Cerundolo, certainly more tense than the opponent, especially with the forehand, due to the pressure which gives him the defeat of Baez. Subsequently the Argentine recovers the break, finding a little more initiative and courage, but suffering, like the other, on the serve, where the former are damned scarce. Coric at times it seems switch off there lightalmost without putting in too much effort, certainly also because he can afford to play to heart light, but Cerundolo’s mistakes allow him to quickly regain the advantage. He will then close 6-4 finding a small hand from the serve a not particularly beautiful set, with many errors, in which neither of us finds much more. Eventually the higher quality of Croatian allows him to to go in benefit.
In the second, initially there is no shortage of opportunities for Coric, but on time, after a game start to slowCerundolo seems get excited when he risks, but in the long run too many times he finds himself in the balance, and the Croatian in the fifth game succeeds to to pass come on, always taking advantage of too many mistakes of the Argentine. However, it turns out to be punctual there reaction of Francisco, which obtains the counter-break in the eighth game. Borna comes close to regaining the lead after a break dragging to the bitter end the n. 1 of the Coria team on 5-5, with the South American tennis player batting. Cerundolo, however, manages to escape the danger and therefore, at that point, it is inevitable come to the tie-break. The decisive game is a whole program, with Argentine and Croatian fans forced to live it with the heart in throat: four mini-breaks to open the dances, two on each side, which bring the score to the 5-5. In the next point, through the service, the Cincinnati Master 1000 champion procures the first match pointwell foiled however by a cynical Francisco. The 24 year old from Buenos Aires, however, on the most beautiful yes turns off: in the thirteenth point of the tie-break, he loses for there third time the joke in deciding game giving away the according to match ball at the Balkan. The N. 26 ATP does not forgive, closing at the second chance, and thus giving further lymph to his team to hope for qualification for the Malaga Finals.
(Pellegrino Dell’Anno collaborated)
N. Mektic / M. Pavic b. M. Gonzalez / H. Zeballos 6-2 7-5
Croatia complete the work as best he could not, in his third and final challenge of this Bolognese Davis, inflicting the 3-0 to the unfortunate Argentina. With the final outcome of the tie already decided after the two singles, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic they give the third point to their national team, thus redeeming the defeat suffered on the first day by the double blue Bolelli / Fognini. 6-2 7-5 the final result of the match for the Balkan couple, matured in just over an hour and ten of play. Defeat, therefore, for the South Americans Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballoswhich they collect then their first KO in this week of tennis in Casalecchio di Reno – the Unipol Arena is usually the home of Virtus Bologna, for the less accustomed to the ball in wedges: one of the two souls of Bolognese basketball, this year winner of the Eurocup -.
Certainly the two expert Argentine doublers are the least responsible for this defeat albicelestewhereas they took home the specialty point both against Sweden and against the Azzurri. The problem for the team led by the Magician Coriais that the 37 year old from Mar de Plata and the 39 year old from Tandil they always took the field with the result already achieved. In fact, the great collapse of the winning team in the competition six seasons ago is represented precisely by the collapse of its singles players: 0 successes collected between Schwartzman, Cerundolo and Baez. An Argentina, which according to forecasts on the eve – and ranking in hand – should at least have fight for second place of the group with Croatia. Instead, it has deeply disappointed failing to make even one match his own, winning only two matches that didn’t count.
It closes in the last place of the group, with the finalist of the Roland Garros 2005 who will necessarily have to ask himself some questions about the choices made: such as renounce Cerundolo against Italyor not repeat Schwartzaman seen the periodaccio of the new Peque. In this rubber conclusive of their Emilian away match, clearly it was clearly more difficult for the two teams to find reasons for Gonzalez / Zeballos than even if they had obtained the victory they would not have avoided the bottom of the group to the Argentine team. On the contrary, even with the result already in their pockets, for the Croatians winning meant putting themselves in a better position in the eventual arrival of three teams in two wins, the need for which became even more urgent given the 3-0 defeat suffered by the boys from Volandri.
The Croats have breakkato immediately, already in the opening game of the match, addressing in fact the whole partial, closed with a further tearing in the eighth game for the 6-2 final in less than half an hour. Definitely more balanced second fraction, with the Tokyo Olympic gold duo even having had to foil a first break point at 2-2 – the first offer throughout the match – e two consecutive in the seventh game. After that there were no more opportunities to extend until 6-5 Croatia, here at the first break opportunity – correspondent to a match point – of the set for Mektic / Pavic have put an end to it the fraction and the match. In the clash in question Zeballos was decidedly less than he had done against Italy the good and the bad weather dragging your partner to success without ever losing the joke, offering no break point and putting in the farmhouse several shifts at 0; while against the Croatians he lost the game twice at bat during the inaugural set.