Argentina’s team was knocked out of the Davis Cup this Saturday After a loss in two singles against Croatia. Sebastian Baez, Ranked 37th in the ATP rankings, he lost the first points 6-1, 3-6 and 3-6 birth joy (164º), about two meters and more confident, and francisco cerundolo Fell in the second innings against (27th) Borna Corico (26th) from 6-4 and 7-6 (8-6). Thus, Argentina already knew the result: it ended the most famous team tennis tournament in Group A, played in Bologna, Italy, with three defeats. Later, The doubles also lost and the series ended 3–0 for the Europeans. Earlier, they had lost to Sweden and Italy, 2–1 in both cases.
On the hard surface of Bologna, Croatian giants Gojo made clear differences early in the match, mainly with his serve and good resolutions. The first set ended in 25 minutes, after Argentina’s serve was broken twice.
In the second set, Gozo stuck to his strategy and threw some luxuries at the start. For his part, Baez was adding the confidence to keep himself in the game with effort and more resistance against an opponent who feels comfortable on that type of court. Before equality Anxiety made the difference: the Croatian committed two double faults and was weak in the eighth game, And Sebastian, who had leveled up, got his first break to lead 5-3 and closed with his serve.
Baez got two breaks at the start of the final set. But Gozo saved him with two aces, at which point he was the weakest. Faced with this backlash from his opponent, the Argentine felt the impact, too, giving up his serve and immediately finding himself at 0-3. It seemed impossible. volatility, success and Shared errors gave Sebastian four break opportunities on the fifth point and he came close (2-3), but he soon dropped the serve again and the game definitely got out of hand. Convinced again, Borna appeals to his strength with a serve to retain him and punish the match.
A curiosity: the Croatians once again put on one of the chairs where the team sits . marin silli Next to the water bottle. “It happened to us that it might give us some energy. I had to play at Davis in Spain when he got injured and we all lost the series 3-0. So we decided to bring him here after playing Italy. Done and it’s working. His spirit is there to support us.” Explained, smiling, Gozo. The celebration included a kiss for the picture.
At number 16 in the rankings, at age 33, Noble is absent from the series and was baffled by the situation when it was seen on television, up to the point of posting several emojis crying with laughter, on his Twitter account: ” can you believe it?” And he added another with his current image from a cafeteria: “Proof of life photo for all concerned. I am cheering for the team from afar.”
After 0–3 against Italy on the first date, the Croats carried Cilic’s image on the substitute bench: he then came back 1–0 against Sweden and won 2–1 in that second game. Cabal remains in the deciding series against Argentina and dreams of qualifying them.
In the second shift, such as against Italy on Friday, Diego Schwartzman was also not by the decision of captain Guillermo Correa. Coric was faced with the obligation of winning Cerndolo. There was no other way to maintain the little illusion. And Fran started his match by skipping the serve in the first game and thus running from behind in the opening set for Couric, who stood firmly from the serve and held the advantage until closing the set after 51 minutes. To turn that strength into support.
With no difference for the Argentine, the panic gained prominence in the second, with the Croatian having break opportunities in the Argentine’s first three services, having managed to save the position in two. In the remainder, Couric didn’t waste it and took a 3–2 lead. But he was weak when he served 4-3, A belligerent Francisco broke it, leveling the set, and a point-to-point fight took them to a tie-break in a set that lasted over an hour. Argentina picked up a match point in the tiebreaker, but their opponent in the second did not fail and decided on the Croatian breakthrough and the elimination of the Albiceleste team.
“I didn’t care to play good or bad, but gave chances to win and doubles players. Maybe in a few days I will evaluate positive things, but now I don’t see anything good, no matter how much they make me Congratulations how I play”, said Cerúndolo. “I liked the experience. I’ve always dreamed of playing at Davis and if I want to be on the team again, I hope to win a game”, he said.
in doubles match, Horacio Zebalos and Maximo Gonzalez They couldn’t celebrate this time. They had won their games against Sweden and Italy, but the bar was too high against the Olympic champions. Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic And knowing is already over. The Croats won 6–2 and 7–5.
The final leg of the Davis Cup, with eight teams qualifying this weekend, will take place in the Spanish city of Málaga from November 22 to 27.