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The United States celebrates winning inaugural United Cup

Jan 8, 2023, 8:43 PM

Tennis - United Cup - Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia - January 8, 2023
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Tennis - United Cup - Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia - January 8, 2023 Team of the U.S. celebrate with the trophy after winning the United Cup (REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

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(CNN) — The United States celebrated winning the inaugural United Cup Sunday with a comprehensive victory over Italy in the final in Sydney, Australia.

Taylor Fritz, the world No.9, secured victory, defeating big hitting Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6) in a tense two-hour-plus match.

When Berrettini sent a forehand long on championship point, the US team ran onto the court to engulf Fritz in jubilant celebration.

Jessica Pegula and Frances Tiafoe had earlier also earned a point for the Americans to give the US an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five final. Madison Keys made it 4-0 with a 6-3 6-2 win over Lucia Bronzetti.

“It’s great. It’s amazing for the team to win this event. We came in with really high hopes, or at least I did, for the event,” Fritz said, according to the official website. “I was really happy to be in that position to clinch the match.”

It had been a dominant display by the Americans in the competition, with the team losing just two matches to finish with a 22-2 record.

The new competition involved 18 countries playing round-robin matches in the Australian cities of Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.


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The United States celebrates winning inaugural United Cup