Host Italy sealed a 3-0 victory in its debut against Croatia on the second day of play in Group A at the Unipol Arena in Bologna.

The second match of the day was a rollercoaster of emotions that started with the home crowd firmly behind Matteo Berrettini after a bad start, with the Italian going down 1-4 against Croatia's No.1 Borna Coric.

The Italian No.2 recovered momentarily and pushed the first set to a tiebreak. The momentum changed again, however, and Coric prevailed thanks to a string of unforced errors by Berrettini.

But once again, the noisy Italian crowd, the tifosi, took a starring role in the fate of the match. The electrifying atmosphere they created seemed to revitalise Berrettini precisely when he needed it the most. The Italian switched gears in the second set and took control of the match.

Whatever Coric tried was swiftly countered by Berrettini who sealed a convincing victory 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 with his 13th ace of the night.

Matteo Berrettini (ITA)

Matteo Berrettini

Living the dream in Bologna

Lorenzo Musetti is the No.3 player for his team by ranking but today he was tasked with opening the tie against Borna Gojo. The Italian rose to the occasion and beat his rival convincingly 6-4, 6-2.

Musetti got his first break of serve in the fifth game to earn a 3-2 lead. In that game, the Italian was finally able to neutralise Gojo´s forehand, his most powerful weapon.

The 20-year-old Italian gained confidence and improved his percentage of first serves to claim the first set in 44 minutes.

Lorenzo Musetti

Lorenzo Musetti

The atmosphere in the stands was spectacular: a classic Davis Cup scene, the Italian fans spurring on the also sizeable Croatian contingent who also had the help of a band. 

At the start of the second set, world No.30 Musetti kept the momentum from the first and broke his opponent's serve in the first game. At the first changeover the Italian was already 3-0 up.

Musetti continued his high first serve percentage (82%) while Gojo could not find a way to turn the tables and break back. Musetti took the match and raised his fist in celebration before a devoted crowd.

"It is the first time that I play as local in Italy with a full stadium", said Musetti after the match. "It's a feeling that I cannot describe with words. I have always dreamed about this and having won feels so good. My family was in the stands and that made it even more special."

In the doubles, the in-form Italian pair of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli defeated the powerful Croatian pairing of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3). 

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