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Canada leads Italy 2-1 in Davis Cup

April 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 6 (UPI) -- Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil battled through a marathon final set Saturday to give Canada a 2-1 lead over Italy in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Nestor and Pospisil let a two-set lead get away and then emerged with the critical victory that moved the Canadians to within one match victory of a spot in the semifinals.

The doubles team from Canada defeated Daniele Bracciali and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 15-13 in a match that went on for 4 hours, 27 minutes.

The Canada-Italy doubles confrontation was almost an exact copy of a match played earlier in the day in the United States-Serbia series.

Serbia's Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic blew a two-set advantage against the brother duo of Bob and Mike Bryan before winning the fifth set 15-13.

The Canada-Italy winner will meet the United States-Serbia survivor in the semifinals.

Canada's Milos Ranoic will try to clinch the semifinal spot in Sunday's opening singles match against Andreas Seppi. A win by Seppi in that match would leave it all on the line in the fifth and final match of the series between Pospisil and Fognini.

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