Davis Cup: Great Britain to face Italy on clay in Naples

Last Updated: 21/02/14 3:41pm

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Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final clash with Italy will take place on clay in Naples in early April.

Britain reached the World Group last eight for the first time since 1986 when they beat the United States in San Diego.

That match was also played on clay, but the Italians will most likely pose a tougher test with their top two players - Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi - playing on their best surface.

Fognini, who has risen to a career-high world ranking of 14 this season, won three rubbers in Italy's win over Argentina in the previous round.

Andy Murray has already committed to playing in the tie and James Ward will be hopeful of taking the second singles spot after his vital win over Sam Querrey.

But he will face competition from Dan Evans, who has been in decent form on the ATP Tour, and Kyle Edmund.

Captain Leon Smith's doubles pairing will most likely depend on whether Murray wants to play on three successive days.

"We're very excited to be playing our World Group quarter-final in Naples," said Smith

"The Italians have a very strong team and we are under no illusions as to how difficult this tie will be but our team put on a phenomenal performance to beat the USA earlier this month, and so we hope to carry that momentum forward and give this tie absolutely everything we've got.

"No doubt the matches will be played in front of a very passionate home crowd, so we look forward to seeing as many British supporters out there as possible, as it makes a huge difference to the team."

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