Their Davis Cup win was over 40 years ago – can Italy secure their first 21st century title in November?
They have one title in their history so far since making their debut in 1922. They were the 1976 champions, when current captain and two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Corrado Barazzutti was part of the squad.
Since then, they have finished as runners-up six more times – but never again lifted the trophy. They also have plenty of legends lighting up their history, such as king of clay Nicola Pietrangeli, the twice French Open singles champion. He holds the records for most rubbers played, and most matches won in singles as well as doubles. He is also one half of the nation’s most successful doubles partnership with Orlando Sirola, with 34 wins on the books; the pair also won at Roland Garros in 1959.
Last time out, Italy made it only as far as the quarterfinals in 2018, losing 3-1 to defending champions France. But they bounced back to qualify for the Madrid finals by beating India 3-1 on grass in Kolkata, with Andreas Seppi notching two singles wins after Matteo Berrettini's victory was cancelled out by the hosts’ victory had kept the tie alive with a win in the doubles over Berrettini and partner Simone Bolelli. Fabio Fognini, who won his very first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo in April 2019, is also one of the big Italian tennis stars.
They’ll be cheered on by the passionate and noisy Italian fans as they start their campaign in Group F this autumn – they will be taking on the most successful nation in the competition’s history, the United States, as well as the ever-dangerous prospect of Canada, in a thrilling fight to reach a spot in the quarter-finals.
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