The Italian team captained by Filippo Volandri was the big winner of Group A in Bologna after finishing unbeaten in the Group Stage of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals in Bologna.

On Sunday, the Italians beat Sweden 2-1 with victories from Matteo Berrettini and the doubles pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. Sweden's Mikael Ymer beat Jannik Sinner in the second singles.

The youngest of the Ymer brothers earned one of the best wins of his career by beating world No.11 Sinner 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. There was nothing on the line as Sweden needed a 3-0 win that Berrettini's victory had already made impossible. But even so, it was a great result for Mikael, who this week has played well above his ranking of world No.98.

In the doubles, Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini finished the tie on a high by beating Andre Gorasson and Dragos Nicolae Madaras 7-6(2), 6-2 to retain Italy's unbeaten record this week.

Fabio Fognini

Italy has confirmed that it is one of the strongest contenders for lifting the Davis Cup trophy in Malaga. The mastery of its singles players, both in the world top 15, put it at a level that its rivals simply could not match. The level that both Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini are playing at had made captain Volandri confident of Italy's chances of qualification. They did not disappoint. 

I'm happy not only for having qualified to Malaga but also because this group really is a team

"I'm happy not only for having qualified to Malaga but also because this group really is a team," said Berrettini, who was awarded a standing ovation after his win over Elias Ymer. "We have been speaking in the dressing room and we want more."

Berrettini beat world No.119 Ymer 6-4, 6-4 in just 75 minutes. This win meant that Croatia automatically qualified for the Final 8 in Malaga from 22–27 November. The 8,000 Italian fans celebrated with some help from a few happy Croatians.

Group A results and standings