Since lifting the Davis Cup trophy in 1976, Italy have played in a further six Finals. In 2018, they said goodbye in the quarter-finals, losing 3–1 against defending title holders, France. In 2019, they reached the Finals after beating India, at home, in the Qualifiers.
They have a magnificent mix of youth and experience in their team. Marco Cecchinato surprised the world of tennis by reaching the Roland-Garros semi-finals in 2018, and Matteo Berrettini did the same, reaching the semi-finals at the 2019 US Open. And joining them on the team are experienced players such as Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini.
In Madrid, Canada and the United States in Group F barred their way to the quarter-finals.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
Italy's Nicola Pietrangeli is the leading all-time Davis Cup player, and holds the records for playing the most rubbers (164), plus winning the most in both singles (78-32) and doubles (42-12). He is also one half of the most successful doubles partnership with Orlando Sirola (34-8).
In 2016, Paolo Lorenzi was part of the longest Davis Cup tie-break in World Group history, when he took the first set 16-14 against Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli.
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti
Barazzutti is a former Davis Cup winner (1976) who played 32 ties over 13 years. He made his debut in the competition as a 17-year-old – the year before he turned professional. He also reached the semi-finals of two Grand Slams – the US Open in 1977 and the French Open in 1978.