Croats, Italians tied at 1-1 in Davis Cup battle

3:38 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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Turin, Italy (Sports Network) - Marin Cilic and Andreas Seppi were opening singles winners, as a best-of-five first-round Davis Cup tie between Croatia and host Italy is knotted at 1-1.

The world No. 13 Cilic came from behind to outlast Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, while the Day-1 nightcap saw the 18th-ranked Seppi draw the hosts even with a 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Croat Ivan Dodig. Lorenzi played in place of Fabio Fognini on Friday.

This matchup is being staged indoors on red clay at Turin's Palavela.

Saturday's doubles rubber will pit Croats Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic against an Italian duo of Lorenzi and Simone Bolelli, while Sunday's reverse singles call for Cilic to battle Seppi and Dodig to take on Fognini.

The Croats are captained by Zeljko Krajan, while the Italians are piloted by Corrado Barazzutti. Croatia is 2-0 all-time versus Italy, with their last meeting coming in Dubrovnik in 2008.

Both Croatia and Italy own one Davis Cup title apiece.

The Croatia-Italy winner will meet the Spain-Canada victor in the quarterfinals in April.

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