Roberto Bautista Agut gives Spain winning start in Davis Cup final | TBEN | Tennis


Roberto Bautista Agut got Spain off to a winning start in its Group B campaign in Valencia on Wednesday. The world No. 21 faced 37 winners en route to a 7-6(5), 7-6(5) win against Miomir Kecmanovic to give Spain a 2-0 lead against Serbia.

In the first game of the draw, Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas clawed past Laslo Djere 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 in two hours and 57 minutes. With his win, the 34-year-old has lifted his ATP Head2Head series against two-time tour-level titlist Djere to 2-2.

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Italy sweeps past Croatia
Matteo Berrettini passed Croatian Borna Coric 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 to secure Italy’s Group A victory at Bologna.

The 26-year-old fired 15 aces to win after two hours and 24 minutes, giving Italy an unassailable 2-0 lead in the game against Croatia. #NextGenATP star Lorenzo Musetti defeated Borna Gojo 6-4, 6-2 in 86 minutes in the first game.

Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini completed a clean sweep for the Italians with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) win over Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.

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Krawietz/Puetz supply for Germany
Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz defeated Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(1) in the decisive doubles to give Germany a 2-1 win against France in Hamburg.

Jan-Lennard Struff battled Benjamin Bonzi 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in two hours and 16 minutes to give Germany a 1-0 lead in the Group C draw. Adrian Mannarino then moved up the French level and drove past Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3 in their first ATP Head2Head meeting.

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What is the format for the 2022 Davis Cup final?
The group stage of the 2022 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals will take place in four cities – Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia – from September 13-18. The 16 nations will compete in four round-robin groups of four teams. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. The knockout stage will take place from November 22-27 in Malaga.