Posted January 31, 2013 on AP on Fox

STUTTGART, GERMANY - JULY 17: Fabio Fognini of Italy returns a ball to Nikolay Davydenko of Russia during the MercedesCup at TC Weissenhof on July 17, 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Italy beat Croatia in the doubles match to take a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup first round on Saturday. Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli took 3 hours, 17 minutes to beat Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (11). Fognini converted Italy's fifth match-point with an ace in the tiebreaker. Italy needs only one win from Sunday's reverse singles to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1998, when it won the competition. It would also be the first time Italy has beaten Croatia in three meetings.
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