The United States clinched the inaugural edition of the United Cup with a show of power, defeating Italy in the final of the mixed team event on Sunday.
World No. 9 Taylor Fritz beat former Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berretini 7-6(4), 7-6(7) to give the United States an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five matchup.
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 were considered favorites for the 18-nation tournament, given that four of the team’s members are ranked in the top 20 in the world.