Italy, Croatia level after Friday singles rubbers

by: AP | February 01, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

TURIN, Italy -- Italy tied Croatia 1-1 Friday after Andreas Seppi beat Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4.

In the opening singles on red clay, Marin Cilic of Croatia rallied past Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-7 (6), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in 3 hours, 43 minutes. Lorenzi was a late replacement for flu-ridden Fabio Fognini.

Saturday's doubles in the best-of-five series pits Italy's Simone Bolelli and Lorenzi against Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic.

Seppi is ranked a career-high No. 18 after reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Italy is looking to win its first World Group series since 1998, when it finished runner-up. Croatia won the Davis Cup in 2005. The winner faces Spain or Canada in the quarterfinals.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

My Tennis Life: Sam Groth trains in Florida ahead of ATP Challenger

The Australian spent time in Tampa getting ready for another tournament swing.

What's at Stake: Races to Singapore, WTA No. 1 are on at Wuhan Open

Will Garbine Muguruza hold onto the top spot for the remainder of 2017?

Back from injury, Bencic returns to Top 200 with ITF tournament win

Bencic's Swiss compatriot Timea Bacsinszky announced that she'll miss the rest of 2017.