Tennis. A sport that, on the female side, has given recently a lot of satisfactions to Italian fans. Schiavone, Pennetta, Vinci above all, but also Giorgi and Errani more recently. Lots of victories, as individuals and as a team, winning the Fed cup in 2006, 2009, 2010 and last in 2013.
Among men instead it has been quite too calm, with no real victories in the more important tournaments, except for a few exploit from Fognini
As a team as poorly performed since the last victory in Davis cup in 1976 and last runner up in 1998.
Things may change though, with the quick grow of Marco Cecchinato. Born in 1992, among professional since 2010 and now heading to the top of the ATP chart.
On October 2018 entered in the TOP 20, with the 19th position, and after having held on the 20th for a couple of months, he’s now sure to be at least 18th after having beaten in the quarter final of Qatar ExxonMobil Open the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, number 48 Atp: for 7-6, 6-2.
A good way to start the year, aiming to the top 15th and hopefully even more.
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