Italy have won the Davis Cup for the first time. They clinched the competition when?
Italy have won the Davis Cup for the first time. They clinched the competition when Adriano Panatta and Paolo Bentolucci beat their Chilean opponents, Jaime Fillol and Patricio Cornejo. The match, which went to four sets, lasted two and three quarter hours. Italy had taken a commanding lead when they won the singles matches on the first day.
SYNOPSIS: Italy's Corrado Barazutti, who serves to Chile's Jaime Fillol, gave his country the vital lead in the opening game. Fillol was in good form early in the first set and twice broke Barazutti's service.
The Italian rallied and took the first set. Then in the second set Barazutti started badly again and although he was able to even the set at four all, he finally lost to the Chilean. Barazutti picked up the third set and capitalised on Fillol's tiredness in the Fillol's tiredness in the final set, winning the last five games.
Chile's Patricio Cornejo, serving to Adriano Panatta of Italy. Although he got in some good shots, the Chilean was out matched.
And for most of the match Panatta had things his own way. He scored seven aces against Cornejo and piled up winning points with strong passing shots. panatta won in straight sets in just over 90 minutes.