Posted February 01, 2013 on AP on Fox

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Andreas Seppi of Italy in action against Ruban Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain during Round One of the BCR Open Romania at the BNR Arena on September 22, 2009 in Bucharest, Romania. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Italy tied Croatia 1-1 in the first round of the Davis Cup on 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.
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