Davis Cup 2023 final: More Australia heartbreak as Italy clean sweep to win title

Australia has suffered heartbreak for the second consecutive Davis Cup final after being thrashed by Italy in Malaga on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

In an eerily similar defeat to the final against Canada 12 months ago, Australia failed to win a match as Italian superstar Jannik Sinner clinically closed out the tie 2-0.

Italy sprung a surprise in the opening singles tie with Matteo Arnaldi selected ahead of experienced compatriots Lorenzo Musetti and Lorenzo Sonego.

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However, it looked a strong decision initially as Arnaldi took the first set 7-5 against Alexei Popyrin.

But Popyrin struck back in the second set, racing out to a 4-0 lead before closing it out 6-2.

Momentum was with the Australian but he failed to take advantage of three break point chances across the third set at 3-3 and 4-4, before Arnaldi broke to win the match in the 10th game 6-4.

It was then up to Alex de Minaur to face the in-form Sinner, who dispatched world no.1 Novak Djokovic in the Davis Cup semi-finals.

But De Minaur was no match for 22-year-old world no.4, who battered the Australian 6-3 6-0 in only one hour, 22 minutes, meaning the doubles leg was not required.

The triumph was Italy’s second in their history after lifting the Davis Cup in 1976.

Davis Cup 2023 results

Final Eight

Date/Time (local — CET) Match/Result
Tues Nov 21, 4:00pm  Canada 1-2 Finland
Wed Nov 22, 4:00pm  Czechia 1-2 Australia
Thu Nov 23, 10:00am Italy 2-1 Netherlands
Thu Nov 23, 4:00pm  Serbia 2-0 Great Britain

Canada 1-2 Finland — Tues, Nov 21

  • Milos Raonic (CAN) def. Patrick Kaukovalta (FIN) 6-3 7-5
  • Otto Virtanen (FIN) def. Gabriel Diallo (CAN) 6-4 7-5
  • Virtanen/Heliovaara (FIN) def. Pospisil/Galarneau (CAN) 7-5 6-3

Czechia 1-2 Australia — Wed, Nov 22

  • Tomas Machac (CZE) def. Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-4 7-5
  • Alex de Minaur (AUS) def. Jiri Lehecka (CZE) 4-6 7-6(2) 7-5
  • Ebden/Purcell (AUS) def. Lehecka/Pavlasek (CZE) 6-4 7-5

Italy 2-1 Netherlands — Thu, Nov 23

  • Botic Van de Zandschulp (NET) def. Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) 6-7 6-3 7-6
  • Jannik Sinner (ITA) def. Tallon Griekspoor (NET) 7-6 6-1
  • Sinner/Sonego (ITA) def. Griekspoor/Koolhof (NET) 6-4 7-5

Serbia 2-0 Great Britain — Thu, Nov 23

  • Miomir Kecmanović (SRB) def. Jack Draper (GBR) 7-6(2) 7-6(6)
  • Novak Djokovic (SRB) def. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 7-6 6-1

Semi Finals

Date/Time (local — CET) Match/Result
Fri Nov 24, 4:00pm  Finland 0-2 Australia
Sat Nov 25, 12:00pm  Italy 2-1 Serbia

Finland vs. Australia — Fri, Nov 24

  • Alexei Popyrin (AUS) def. Otto Virtanen (FIN) 7-6(5) 6-2
  • Alex de Minaur (AUS) def. Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) 6-4 6-3

Italy vs. Serbia — Sat, Nov 25

  • Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) def. Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) 6-7(5) 6-2 6-1
  • Jannik Sinner (ITA) def. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6-2 2-6 7-5
  • Jannik Sinner/Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) def. Novak Djokovic/Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3 6-4

Final

Date/Time (local — CET) Match/Result
Sun Nov 26, 4:00pm  Australia 0-2 Italy

Italy vs. Australia — Sun, Nov 26

  • Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) def. Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 7-5 2-6 6-4
  • Jannik Sinner (ITA) def. Alex de Minaur (AUS) 6-3 6-0

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