USA win the final Group F clash in a decisive tie-break after 4am after Taylor Fritz came from a set down to beat world No.8 Matteo Berrettini

Taylor Fritz produced a performance USA captain Mardy Fish described as “one of the biggest wins of his life” to beat world No.8 Matteo Berrettini and inspire a late-night 2-1 victory over Italy that ended shortly after 4am at Caja Mágica.

Jack Sock and Sam Querrey also fought back from a set down in the decisive doubles, clinching a 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-4 victory one of the latest finishes to a match in tennis history.

The result means USA finish second in Group F behind Canada, whose place in the quarter-finals was assured with their wins over both sides earlier in the week. Italy, beaten twice by the slimmest of margins, finish third and are eliminated.

With Fabio Fognini beating Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 in the opening match of the tie, both sides were gunning for their first tie victory of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals in the decisive doubles.

“I think we have to worry about that a little bit,” USA captain Mardy Fish admitted. “I’m just excited for these guys, excited for Taylor – that’s one of the biggest wins of his life.”

"Playing for my country is all the motivation I need - I just kept digging, kept fighting"

In the tie’s opening match, Fognini rode out a barrage of 23 aces and replied with 16 of his own as he shook off the disappointment of dropping the second set to break early in the third and hang on for victory.

“I’m tired for sure, because it was tough “On this surface with a little bit of altitude, he’s quite dangerous,” Fognini said after the one-hour, 52-minute win. “One of the best things I think I did today was my serve – don’t ask me why, I’m really surprised about that.”

Fritz clinched the sixth top-10 victory of his career in dogged fashion, battling back from a set down to surge clear of Berrettini in the decider as the Italian, seemingly in control until the second-set tiebreak, combusted in a fog of 58 unforced errors to lose 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2.

"Playing for my country is all the motivation I need - I just kept digging, kept fighting"

“Playing for my country and playing for these guys here is all the motivation I need,” Fritz said of the comeback win. “I just kept digging, kept fighting. It was really close – I lost the first set by close margins, and I told myself to tough out the second set like I know I can do, and my aggressive play and fitness carried me through the third.”

With victory on the line, Fognini returned to partner Simone Bolleli in the doubles, the players taking to court at 1:15am. With neither side able to fashion a break for the first two sets, it seemed the Italians had made the critical breakthough for a 3-1 lead in the third, only for Sock and Querrey to break back immediately, before repeating the feat at 4-4 and serving out a hard-earned win in two hours, 30 minutes.

“Reilly played a great match and Taylor came out in a tough position knowing he needed to win,” Querrey said of the spellbinding tie. “To get that doubles means a lot.”

Sock added: “They were firing on all cylinders for a while so we had to stay with it – we could have gotten down, especially at this time of night, just happy we regrouped.”


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