The Italian Davis Cup team on Sunday at the expense of Japan qualified for the quarter-finals. Fabio Fognini (ATP 22) put the Italians to victory against home player Yuichi Sugita (ATP 41) in Morioka on an unbridgeable 3-1 lead. After a marathonvijfsetter of four hours and eight minutes gave the scoreboard 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6) and 7-5 in favor of Fognini.
After the two enkelspelen of Friday was the 1-1 draw between the two countries. Fognini put Italy for the first time on ahead by in five sets to win Daniel Taro (ATP 100). It was 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2 after 3 hours and 56 minutes. Then made Sugita equal. He vloerde Andreas Seppi (ATP 78), also in five sets. After 3 hours and 28 minutes was the 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6 and 7-6 (7/1) final standings on the scoreboard. After the doubles on Saturday, climbed Italy again on lead. Fognini and Simone Bolelli knocked Yasutaka Uchiyama and Ben Mclachlan in four sets: 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/3) and 7-5.
Italy in the quarter-finals in april against topreekshoofd and outgoing winner France or the Netherlands. Which two countries meet in Albertville. France leads after three duels with 2-1.