Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini face Colin Fleming and Andy Murray of Great Britain (GB) in the third rubber of the Davis Cup quarter-final at the Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, on Saturday.
Where to Watch Live
The match is set to begin at 1pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC Two, British Eurosport 2 and British Eurosport 2 HD. Live internet update is available on the Davis Cup official website. Click here for the live streaming link.
Update: Hutchins has been replaced by Murray for Great Britain while Fognini is brought in for Paolo Lorenzi.
The Italians eliminated Argentina in the previous round of the Davis Cup held earlier in the year. Bolelli had teamed up with Fognini for the doubles rubber to take on the Argentinean duo Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos.
The battle between the two nations was valiantly fought as the first two sets required a tiebreaker to decide the winner. Schwank and Zeballos won the first set, 7-6(6), but were overpowered in the following sets, 6-7(8), 6-7(3), 4-6.
The victory in the third rubber gave the Italians a 2-1 lead in the tie before Fognini secured their progress with a victory in the fourth rubber (Singles) the next day. However, Italy have made a change to their team from the first round - Lorenzi was drafted in place of Filippo Volandri.
GB too have made a change in their team with Dominic Inglot being replaced with Ross Hutchins after their 3-1 victory against the United States.
The pair of Fleming and Inglot had competed in the first round for GB and were annihilated by the top-ranked American duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
Andy Murray and James Ward's victory against their American counterparts had given the Brits a 2-0 advantage before the third rubber.
However, the Bryan Brothers stamped their mark on the game and justified their number one ranking in the Doubles arena with a, 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, victory. But Murray ensured his team does not suffer any shock by winning the fourth rubber and sealing their place in the last-eight.
Italy and GB are currently tied 1-1. Fognini defeated Ward, 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-1, giving the Italians the lead on Friday but Murray outpowered Andreas Seppi in the second rubber, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, to level matters ahead of the Doubles Rubber.
A victory for either nation sets up an interesting clash for Sunday with Murray taking on Fognini in the fourth rubber.
What They Say
Corrado Barazzutti (Italy Captain): "The match is very balanced. We play on clay courts, which is not the surface that maybe Great Britain like more. Andy Murray is the Wimbledon champion and he is one of the best players in the world so it will be a tough match. We need to play well."
Ross Hutchins (GB):"[Italy is] a very strong team and one that we have to respect in a very big way. They've got two Top 30 players and Fognini has done superbly this year. All three days are up for grabs, but tough matches. We'll have to be on our top form. It's going to be a close one to call. We're feeling confident. We've got great morale and team spirit."