• Seppi levels Italy-Croatia tie

    2/1/13 10:32 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Seppi levels Italy-Croatia tie Andreas Seppi rode to the rescue for Italy in the second rubber on Friday, with the Italian dispatching of Ivan Dodig to keep the Italian side alive going into Saturday's doubles.

    This wasn't a spectacular match from either player. Dodig was error-prone off the baseline and Seppi had trouble dealing with Dodig's serve,which the Croat used to bail himself out of trouble. Seppi finished the match in 4 with a 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4 win.

    The deciding factor in the match for Seppi was his own serving. The Italian not only put in 10 aces against Dodig, but he did a better job than the Croat of protecting his second serve. Seppi won 61% of his second serve points, while Dodig's percentage languished at 42%.

    The Italians, who originally intended to use Fabio Fognini for singles and Lorenzi for doubles, will reverse their roles, with Fognini playing with Simone Bolelli against Nicola Mektic and Mate Pavic to see who will take the lead going into Sunday's reverse singles rubbers.

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