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Fognini Clinches QF Berth For Italy; Canada Closes Out Spain

World Group First Round

Fognini© AFP/Getty ImagesFabio Fognini clinched a quarter-final berth for Italy with victory over Ivan Dodig. reviews Sunday's play in the Davis Cup World Group first-round ties.

Clay - Indoor; Palavela, Turin, Italy

Fabio Fognini was the fifth rubber hero for Italy on Sunday as he defeated Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to secure Italy’s place in the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1998. The 25-year-old Fognini withstood 17 aces from Dodig and converted six of his 11 break points to claim victory in two hours and 52 minutes.

Earlier, Marin Cilic had kept 2005 Davis Cup champion Croatia’s hopes alive with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Andreas Seppi, saving 10 of the 11 break points he faced to prevail in two hours and 32 minutes).

Clay - Outdoor; Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina completed a 5-0 whitewash over Germany with victory in both the dead rubbers. World No. 12 Juan Monaco defeated Tobias Kamke 6-4, 7-6(2) before Carlos Berlocq celebrated his 30th birthday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Christopher Kas.

Hard - Indoor; Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, USA

Sam Querrey held off Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) to win the decisive fifth rubber for host USA against a spirited Brazil squad. Querrey cracked 26 aces and broke Alves five times to wrap up victory in two hours and 36 minutes. In the first reverse singles rubber, Thomaz Bellucci battled past top-ranked American John Isner 2-6, 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3. Isner dropped to 0-4 lifetime in five-set Davis Cup rubbers.

Hard - Indoor; Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, Canada

World No. 14 Milos Raonic dismissed Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to put Canada through to the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals for the first time. Raonic, who beat Albert Ramos in four sets Friday, fired 22 aces past Garcia-Lopez to clinch the tie for his country on home soil in one hour and 57 minutes. Garcia-Lopez managed just six winners in defeat. Ramos later added Spain's second point when he beat Frank Dancevic 7-5, 6-4.

Spain hadn’t been defeated in the first round since being upset by Belarus in 2006.

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