Fabio Fognini powers Italy to Davis Cup quarterfinals

by: AP | February 04, 2018

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

Fabio Fognini. (AP Photo)

MORIOKA, Japan (AP) — Fabio Fognini powered Italy through to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup World Group, beating Japan's Yuichi Sugita 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-5 in the first reverse singles on Sunday.

Italy went into Sunday's play leading 2-1 after a doubles win on Saturday and Fognini's five-set victory in his opening singles match on Friday.

Fognini trailed 4-1 in the final set as Sugita sought to take the tie to a fifth match but the Italian rallied to secure the win.

At 40-15 in the final game, Sugita saved the first match point before hitting long on the second.

Italy advanced to its fifth quarterfinals in the past six years while Japan will have to win in the playoffs in September in order to return to the World Group next season.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Elina Svitolina beats Daria Kasatkina to retain Dubai crown

It was the 11th singles title for the 23-year-old, who improved to 14-2 for the year.

Lucas Pouille to face Karen Khachanov in Open 13 final

The 16th-ranked Frenchman is gunning for his sixth ATP career title.

Watch: NBA debate continues

Jared Donaldson pulls in Nick Kyrgios in his NBA debate with Frances Tiafoe.