De­fend­ing champs KO’d by Italy

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

BUENOS AIRES — De­fend­ing cham­pion Ar­gentina was knocked out of the Davis Cup in the first round by Italy on Mon­day.

Italy’s Fabio Fognini de­feated Guido Pella in the de­cid­ing sin­gles 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

The match on out­door clay was post­poned from Sun­day be­cause of rain and dark­ness.

Italy took a 2-0 lead after win­ning both sin­gles on Fri­day.

Ar­gentina came back by tak­ing the dou­bles on Satur­day, and the first re­verse sin­gles on Sun­day, when Car­los Ber­locq de­feated Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Ar­gentina played without top player Juan Martin del Potro, who made him­self un­avail­able to fo­cus on tour­na­ment play.

Italy will face Bel­gium in the quar­ter-fi­nals in April.

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