Davis Cup 2014: Italy v Great Britain live on BBC & Eurosport


Andy Murray will lead Great Britain into battle against Italy in Naples in their Davis Cup quarter-final clash on April 3-5, live on BBC Sport and British Eurosport.

Great Britain reached the quarter-finals of the World Group for the first time since 1986 after sensationally beating the United States on clay back in February.

Having returned to the World Group this year after playing as low as Europe/Africa Zone Group II just three years ago, two-time Grand Slam champion Murray spearheaded his side to their first win in a World Group tie for 28 years in San Diego.

They are likely to face a much sterner test against an Italian side at the grand setting of Napoli Tennis Club with the home side choosing to play on their preferred surface of clay, traditionally the least favourite surface of British players.

Quarter-finalists for the second year running, the Italians has named a full-strength team with world number 13 Fabio Fognini and world number 33 Andreas Seppi.

The familiar pair will be looking to make home advantage count on the clay of Naples alongside Paolo Lorenzi and Simone Bolelli.

Italy eased passed Argentina in the first round and have beaten Great Britain in ten of the last 11 meetings, but they have not faced each other for 30 years.

Alongside Murray, GB captain Leon Smith has nominated Dan Evans, James Ward and Colin Fleming to make up the rest of the team, with the Wimbledon champion likely to play in all three possible rubbers.

Not many experts fancied Great Britain’s chances of succeeding against the USA on clay, but they overcame the odds to put away Jim Courier’s side in stunning fashion.

The tie swung decisively Britain’s way in the second singles rubber when James Ward pulled off a tremendous win over Sam Querrey, while Andy Murray won both of his matches convincingly, securing the tie in the fourth rubber against Querrey.

Another sensational victory over three days in Naples would give Great Britain the prospect of a lucrative home semi-final in September, which is likely to be against a Swiss team led by the legendary Roger Federer and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka.

BBC Sport will feature live coverage of all three days of Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Italy in Naples across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Red Button.

The first two singles rubbers on day one will be shown predominantly on BBC Two from 10.30am to 5.15pm, switching over at 12.00pm to BBC Red Button due to a clash with the Daily Politics.

At the weekend, the doubles rubber will be broadcast in its entirety on BBC One, while Sunday’s reverse singles will be shown across BBC One and BBC Two from 10.30am.

John Inverdale presents the BBC’s live coverage of the tie while Jonathan Overend leads the commentary team alongside John Lloyd and GB Davis Cup doubles player Dominic Inglot.

All of BBC TV’s live coverage will be available to watch online via the BBC Sport website and app.

British Eurosport will also be screening live coverage of the tie, presented by former British number one Annabel Croft, with guests including 1997 US Open finalist Greg Rusedski and former GB Davis Cup player Jamie Baker.

Former Great Britain Davis Cup captain Jeremy Bates, who was the LTA’s head of performance between 2003 and 2007, will provide analysis in the commentary box alongside Simon Reed.

As well as the Italy v Great Britain tie, British Eurosport will also screen live coverage Switzerland’s tie against Kazakhstan, plus highlights of the France v Germany tie.

For more information about the Davis Cup, including the latest news, match information and statistics, visit the official website.


Friday 4th April
DAY 1: Singles
Fabio Fognini v James Ward
Andreas Seppi v Andy Murray
LIVE: 10.30am-12.00pm  BBC Two  /  11.55am-1.00pm  BBC Red Button
LIVE: 1.00pm-5.15pm  BBC Two
LIVE: 10.00am-3.30pm  British Eurosport 2
Saturday 5th April
DAY 2: Singles  *schedule change due to poor weather
Andreas Seppi v Andy Murray
LIVE: 9.35am-10.30am  BBC Two
DAY 2: Doubles
Bolelli / Lorenzi v Murray / Fleming
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.30pm  BBC One
LIVE: 12.30pm-4.00pm  British Eurosport 2
Sunday 6th April
DAY 3: Singles
Fabio Fognini v Andy Murray
Andreas Seppi v James Ward
LIVE: 10.30am-12.15pm  BBC Two  /  12.15pm-3.55pm  BBC One
LIVE: 4.30pm-5.30pm  BBC Two
LIVE: 10.30am-3.30pm  British Eurosport 2

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