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Italy in semis

Naples: Italy staged a superb fightback on Sunday to beat Britain in the Davis Cup quarter finals as Fabio Fognini shocked Andy Murray, and Andreas Seppi eased past James Ward in the decisive fifth match.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer sealed Switzerland’s place in the Davis Cup semi-finals when he completed a comeback win over Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Wawrinka, who struggled badly for most of the tie, finally found some form to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2 on Sunday before Federer swept past Andrey Golubev 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-3 in front of a partisan crowd in Geneva.

After securing back-to-back wins over Italy on Saturday for a 2-1 lead, Britain required one victory to reach their first Davis Cup semi-final since 1981, but Fognini was in inspired form on the Naples clay as he cruised past Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

With the scores level at 2-2, it was left to the world No. 161 Ward to claim an unlikely victory, but then he went down in straight sets to Seppi 4-6, 3-6, 4-6.