DAVIS CUP ARG vs. ITA
1st RD 31.01.2014-02.02.2014; DC; Outdoor: Clay
DAVIS CUP FIRST ROUND 2014
Fognini Leads Italian Triumph
ARGENTINA 1, ITALY 3
Patinodromo Municipal “Adalberto Lugea”, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Italy secured its place in the World Group quarter-finals for a second consecutive year after Fabio Fognini denied Carlos Berlocq his second win of the tie, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in three hours and 38 minutes. Fognini converted on six of 18 break point opportunities, firing 76 total winners, including 19 off his backhand wing. The Italians successfully battled back from an early day one deficit after Berlocq snatched the opening rubber on Friday. The win prevents Argentina from reaching the quarters for the first time since 2001.
Italy will host Great Britain in the quarter-finals, held 4-6 April.