Italian Davis Cup star pays emotional tribute to girlfriend’s late father after win | Tennis | Sport

Arnaldi had by no means represented Italy on the Davis Cup till the group stage in September, the place they misplaced their first tie earlier than storming again to ebook their spot in Finals week. After Italy clinched the trophy for the primary time in 47 years, Arnaldi addressed the strain of stepping up for his nation on a very powerful event.

“There was plenty of strain, for positive. For me was the primary time taking part in the Davis Cup, first time to win the staff. I can’t clarify what I am feeling proper now,” he smiled. “Once I acquired within the court docket, I used to be nervous like all the time, however I feel after I gained the primary set, extra strain got here up, and I feel you can see it. I did not play my finest tennis, however I feel the outcomes is what issues.

“On the finish, I performed properly within the essential moments, and I feel was essential for us, for the staff, to win the match, to win my match, so I am actually blissful, and I hope I assist the staff.”

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