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Fognini Leads Italian Triumph; Murray Sends Britain To QFs

Fognini© AFP/Getty ImagesFabio Fognini sent Italy to a second consecutive World Group quarter-final with a four-set win over Carlos Berlocq.

ATPWorldTour.com provides a round-up of Sunday's action in Davis Cup World Group first round ties.

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.

UNITED STATES 1, GREAT BRITAIN 3
Petco Park, San Diego, U.S.A.

Andy Murray sent Great Britain to their first World Group quarter-final since 1986 with a 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3 victory over Sam Querrey on Sunday. Querrey was unable to ride the momentum of a doubles win by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, hitting 57 unforced errors despite firing 55 winners. Murray pounced on six of 14 break chances for the win, improving to 18-1 in Davis Cup singles play. Great Britain will next battle Italy on the road.

The United States fails to reach the quarter-finals for just the second time in the past decade, having most recently lost to Serbia in the 2010 first round.

GERMANY 4, SPAIN 1
Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany 

Germany wrapped up a 4-1 victory over Spain on Sunday, a day after clinching their first quarter-final berth since 2011. Daniel Brands defeated Roberto Bautista-Agut 7-6(5), 6-4 for his second Davis Cup win.

Germany will travel to France in the quarter-finals.

FRANCE 5, AUSTRALIA 0
Vendéspace, La Roche sur Yon, France

France completed a whitewash of Australia on Sunday, with the French old guard proving to be too much for the Aussie youngsters. Julien Benneteau defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-1 and Gael Monfils handed Nick Kyrgios his second loss of the tie, 7-6(5), 6-4. France only relinquished one set this week in their first 5-0 victory since the 2010 semi-finals against Argentina.

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