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US beat Italy to win United Cup tennis tournament

The United States tennis team beat Italy 4-0 to win the inaugural tennis mixed teams United Cup.

World number nine Taylor Fritz secured the title with a 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6) victory over Matteo Berrettini in the third rubber of the best-of-five final.

Earlier, Jessica Pegula beat Martina Trevison 6-4 6-2 before Lorenzo Musetti withdrew from his men’s singles rubber against Frances Tiafoe with a shoulder injury after losing the first set 6-2.

Madison Keys put the US 4-0 ahead with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lucia Bronzetti.

The final rubber, a mixed doubles match, was not played.

The new event began with 18 nations playing round-robin matches in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.

The United States team lost just two rubbers throughout the entire tournament, including a 4-1 victory over Great Britain in the Sydney City Final that secured their progress into the last four.

They went on to beat Poland, led by women’s world number one Iga Swiatek, 5-0 in the semi-finals, while Italy defeated Greece 4-1 to reach the final before the US team outclassed them 4-0.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas