Italian team members embrace Simone Bolelli after he and Andreas Seppi beat Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore, during their Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal match, in the Spiroudome de Charleroi stadium, in Charleroi, Belgium, Saturday, April
Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Italy staved off losing to Belgium in the Davis Cup quarterfinals by winning the doubles on Saturday.  

April 08, 2017

CHARLEROI, Belgium (AP) — Italy staved off losing to Belgium in the Davis Cup quarterfinals by winning the doubles on Saturday.

Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi defeated Ruben Bemelmans and Jons De Loore 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in nearly four hours.

Belgium won both singles on Friday, and can clinch the tie on Sunday in the first reverse singles, when David Goffin plays Paolo Lorenzi. Goffin won their only previous match in 2014.

In the third set of the increasingly tense doubles, Bolelli amd Seppi needed seven set points to win it, and overcome a Belgian video challenge.

Another solitary break decided the fourth for the Belgians, playing only for the third time.

In the fifth set, Italy broke first and led 5-2, Belgium broke back in the ninth, the Belgians had match point in the tiebreaker, but Italy won the last three points.

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