NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Britain held off a comeback attempt from Italy to win the doubles match and take a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Saturday.
Andy Murray and Colin Fleming beat Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in three hours to boost Britain's bid to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1981.
Earlier, Murray completed a 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Andreas Seppi in their delayed singles match.
Britain looked on course for a straight-set victory in the doubles but the Italian duo saved four break points at the start of the third set and went on to get a foothold in the match.
The countries' top players face each other in Sunday's first reverse singles match with Murray looking to seal the victory for Britain against Fognini.
Italy has not lost at home to Britain since 1926 and is hoping to reach the semifinals for the first time in 16 years.
Murray gave Britain the first break of the match with a backhand volley winner past Bolelli. Both Italians then argued with the referee in the final game of the first set following what appeared to be a double-hit from Fleming on a point won by the British team.
That appeared to affect the Italian mindset and Britain raced into a two-set lead, sealing it with a cross-court smash from Fleming as the duo held to love.
The match then turned on its head at the start of the third set.
Britain looked set to take another early advantage but Italy saved four break points and then secured its first break of the match.