A last-gasp victory for Italy, who remain among the best and will play in the Davis Cup Finals 2022. The young and powerful team captained by Filippo Volandri struggled to overcome Slovakia in Bratislava.
The surprise victory of world No.203, Filip Horansky (SVK), over world No.21, Lorenzo Sonego (ITA), forced Italy to pull out all the stops and Jannik Sinner (ITA) was forced to play three points and, following defeat in the doubles, he needed the win. He delivered and the winning point went to Lorenzo Musetti as he beat Slovakian Norbert Gombos after two hours and 26 minutes of intense battle.
Italy has never progressed beyond the Group Stage in two appearances at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals.
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Despite debuting in 1922, Italy has only lifted the Silver Salad Bowl once, in 1976, with former captain Corrado Barazzutti as part of that team. They have been finalists on six further occasions but have never regained the title.