Thursday, February 9, 2023

USA beat Italy to win first edition of United Cup

SYDNEY ( Associated Press) — The United States won the inaugural edition of the United States Cup on Sunday with a show of power, defeating Italy in the final of the mixed team event.

World No. 9 Taylor Fritz beat former Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) to give the United States an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best of five match.

The Indian Wells Masters champion was unable to capitalize on nine break points but faced none and proved to be the most consistent player in two sudden-death overs.

He is congratulated by his teammates after securing the title for the United States at the Ken Rosewall Arena

“We came into the event with very high expectations before the start and I was really happy to be in a position to secure the match and to see the feelings of winning and everyone coming to me,” Fritz admitted.

“We’ve gotten a lot closer as a team this week and it’s been a lot of fun,” he said.

Jessica Pegula led the United States to victory with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Martina Trevisan to extend her strong run, which included a win over Poland’s world number one Inga Swiatek on Sunday.

Frances Tiafoe, the 2022 US Open semi-finalist, extended the lead when Lorenzo Musetti withdrew with a shoulder injury after losing the first set 6-2.

The United States was considered a favorite for the 18-nation tournament, given that four of the team’s members are ranked among the top 20 in the world.

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