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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday November 27, 2021

 
Jannik Sinner

Italy topped Colombia to claim a spot in the quarterfinals at the Davis Cup finals.
 

Jannik Sinner sent Italy into the Davis Cup quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan on Saturday in Turin.

Tennis Express

Sinner, who improves to 2-0 this weekend, clinched for Italy after Lorenzo Sonego had given Italy the 1-0 lead with a 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 victory over Nicolas Mejia.

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In other action on Saturday, Russia blanked Ecuador 3-0 to set up a showdown with Spain for Group A bragging rights on Sunday in Madrid.

World No.2 Daniil Medvedev claimed a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Emilio Gomez. Andrey Rublev defeated Roberto Quiroz 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 earlier in the day.

“I’m happy about my level because Davis Cup is about many times sensations, lower-ranked players playing unbelievable tennis,” Medvedev said. “I was ready for it. I wanted to keep it clean from the first to the last point of the match, and I’m really happy to bring a point to the team.”

Kazakhstan defeated Sweden 2-1, and can win Group B if they defeat Canada on Sunday.

Serbia fell to Germany 2-1, with World No.1 Novak Djokovic winning his singles rubber against Jan-Lennard Struff, but falling in doubles alongside Nikola Cacic, 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5) to Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz.

"I mean, what can I say after this match?" Serbian Captain Viktor Troicki said. "Let's say the bad luck is following us in Davis Cup for last couple of years in doubles unfortunately. I hope it's going to turn. Again, 7-6 loss in the third. We had a lot of chances but didn't make them unfortunately. But still proud of my team, proud of the guys. They fought, they gave their best. It wasn't our day at the end."

Serbia is finished in group play and will have to wait to see if they qualify for the quarterfinals.

Great Britain topped France 2-1, thanks to strong efforts from Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie in Group C, while Australia took out Hungary for their first win of the weekend, in Group D.

Norrie was pleased as punch to be contributing to Team Great Britain, despite the lack of spectators at Innsbruck this weekend:

"For me, unbelievable to be back on the team playing for my country," he said after defeating Arthur Rinderknech, 6-2, 7-6. "I really like being in a team, being in the atmosphere. I've really enjoyed the week so far with everyone. It's just a nice way to finish the year. Nice to prove myself again, to keep the pressure on, to keep playing big matches. It's exactly how I want to be finishing the year, exactly the matches I want to be playing to set me up next year for hopefully another big year."

Group play finishes on Sunday with these six matchups:

Group A: Spain (1-0) v Russia (1-0)
Group B: Kazahkstan (1-0) v Canada (0-1)
Group C: Great Britain (1-0) v Czech Republic (0-1)
Group D: Croatia (1-0) v Hungary (0-1)
Group E: USA (0-1) v Colombia (0-1)
Group F: Germany (1-0) v Austria (0-1)

 

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