Italy fulfilled its potential as one of the most promising nations in world tennis by defeating Australia 2-0 and becoming Davis Cup champions for the first time since 1976. In the first match, young Matteo Arnaldi overcame Alexei Popyrin with a score of 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, giving Italy the first point. Next, Jannik Sinner once again demonstrated nerves of steel as he closed out the best two weeks of his career with a convincing victory over Alex de Minaur, 6-3, 6-0.
Sinner, praised even by Novak Djokovic for his victory in the semi-final, confessed to having played badly in the second and third sets, calling them among the worst of the year. Despite this, his incredible recent form and 5-0 record against De Minaur have made him the favorite to close out the match. Sinner quickly found his rhythm on the pitch, attacking ferociously from both ends and turning the match into a true landslide victory.
The important victory was underlined by the young age of the Italian team, with Sinner and Arnaldi aged 22, Lorenzo Musetti aged 21 and five other Italians under 22 among the top 200. While the team celebrated on the pitch, the presence on the bench by Matteo Berrettini, former world number 6 and Wimbledon finalist in 2021, injured but present, suggested that there is still a lot to expect from this talented Italian team.
The culminating emotion of this success was the awards ceremony, where we enthusiastically witnessed Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti proudly wearing their Rolexes. For the Italian duo, the choice fell on professional Rolex models belonging to the previous generation: respectively a Rolex Submariner 116610LN for Jannik's one Rolex Comograph Daytona 116500LN black dial.
Both are in fact Rolex Global Ambassadors. The brand has long been involved in the world of tennis, with the clear mission of discovering and supporting young talents. Sinner and Musetti join a prestigious list of tennis players with notable pedigree: among these, Roger Federer, long-time Rolex ambassador, stands out. The list also includes names such as Tsitsipas, Raonic, Edmund, Tsonga, del Potro, Dimitrov and Thiem. All of these athletes have reached at least one semi-final in a Grand Slam tournament, with four of them even making a final.
The images of the two young champions with their Rolex watches will surely become an icon of this historic victory. As they lift the Davis Cup trophy, the two Rolexes on their wrists symbolize not only personal prestige but also the growth of Italian tennis as a global power.