Fiji Time: 2:29 AM on Tuesday 23 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Italy stuns Britain in Davis Cup

Afp
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

NAPLES, Italy - Italy have foiled Great Britain's dream of a first Davis Cup semi-final appearance in 33 years with a battling 3-2 quarter-final win in Naples.

The British were in control, leading 2-1 going into yesterday's closing two reverse singles.

But Italy's world number 13 Fabio Fognini stunned Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2, with Andreas Seppi securing the decisive last point with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory over James Ward.

Murray and Colin Fleming had put Britain in command on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win over Simone Bolelli and Fognini in the doubles.

Murray had beaten Seppi 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 to level the tie in a rain-delayed singles after Fognini had got the first point on the board for the hosts with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Ward on Friday.

The Italians, who last appeared in the semi-finals in 1998, will now face either Kazakhstan or Switzerland in the semi-final.

Murray's defeat to Fognini was the Scot's first Davis Cup singles loss since 2005.

It came three days after he suffered a stomach bug and against a player who has won all three of his titles on clay within the last nine months.

After the rubber Murray said: "He played very well today, that's for sure. He's a very good player especially on this surface.

"I knew it would be a tough one but unfortunately I wasn't quite able to play well enough."

He appeared to lack sharpness throughout but said fatigue had not been an issue: "I thought I did OK. I guess the third set was the closest one in terms of scoreline."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Drunk doctor claim
  2. Axed but at peace
  3. Stranded on vessel
  4. Police, FRCA raid uncover $A30m of heroin
  5. Dream come true
  6. Check the meat
  7. Love heals the pain
  8. House collapses after minor landslide
  9. Educationist calls it a day
  10. Perseverance pays off

Top Stories this Week

  1. TV pair sent home Wednesday (17 Dec)
  2. Justice and sleep at last Thursday (18 Dec)
  3. She's gone but the pain stays Tuesday (16 Dec)
  4. TERROR ALERT Gunmen strike Sydney cafe Tuesday (16 Dec)
  5. Clan leader calls for harsher penalties Wednesday (17 Dec)
  6. Court told of baby's tragic end Thursday (18 Dec)
  7. 441 new positions Wednesday (17 Dec)
  8. A-G: Claim ludicrous Friday (19 Dec)
  9. Drunk doctor claim Monday (22 Dec)
  10. Rugby star's emotional celebration with children Thursday (18 Dec)