Arnaldi & Sonego Guide Italy To Davis Cup Final 8
Italy needed just one win from its three ties against Sweden in Bologna to qualify from Group A and Arnaldi quickly delivered.
The 22-year-old, who reached the fourth round at the US Open, defeated Sweden’s Leo Borg 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 22 minutes to secure his country a place in the Davis Cup knockout rounds in Malaga this November.
Sonego then overcame Elias Ymer 6-4, 6-4 to move Italy 2-0 ahead. The result means the former champion will join Group A winners Canada in the next round. Italy has now advanced to the Davis Cup quarter-finals five times since 2016. Last year it reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Canada.
Spain Defeats South Korea
Already-eliminated Spain ended its Group C campaign on a high with victory against South Korea.
The former champion lost its first two ties against group winners Czech Republic and second-placed Serbia and was therefore unable to qualify for the Final 8 despite the result against South Korea on Sunday in Valencia.
South Korea finished fourth in Group C.