DAVIS CUP 2014
Fognini Inspires Italy To Victory
World Group, Quarter-finals
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com reviews Sunday's Davis Cup quarter-final action.
ITALY 3, GREAT BRITAIN 2
Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, Italy (clay - outdoor)
Fabio Fognini inspired 1976 champion Italy to a dramatic 3-2 comeback win against Great Britain on Sunday for a spot in the Davis Cup World Group semi-finals. Italy last reached the semi-finals 16 years ago.
Fognini, currently No. 13 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, recorded one of his greatest wins on home soil in the fourth rubber, before his compatriot, Andreas Seppi, overcame James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in a rain-interrupted deciding rubber.
Fognini beat No. 8-ranked Andy Murray for the second time in three meetings, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 20 minutes, hitting 34 winners. It was his 25th match win in his past 27 clay-court matches. In February, Fognini lifted the Royal Guard Open Chile crown (d. L. Mayer) and finished runner-up at the Copa Claro (l. to Ferrer).
"Today, I just played better than Andy," Fognini told BBC television. "I tried to focus on my game and do my best. It was an important point for me. It was a very difficult match, but I played really good."
Murray is now 20-2 in singles rubbers for Great Britain. It was his first singles loss in the competition since September 2005, when Murray lost to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.
Nine-time champion Great Britain had been attempting to advance to the semi-finals for the first time since 1981.
Italy goes on to meet Switzerland in September.
JAPAN 0, CZECH REPUBLIC 5
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan (hard - indoor)
Two-time defending champion Czech Republic has completed a 5-0 victory against Japan, winning the two dead singles rubbers on Sunday.
The Czech Republic meets France in September.