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Murray wary of Italy's Fognini ahead of Davis Cup tie

ESPN staff
February 4, 2014
Andy Murray has highlighted Fabio Fognini as a potential danger to Great Britain's Davis Cup chances © AP

Andy Murray has warned Great Britain will face a tough task when they travel to Italy in their Davis Cup quarter-final, and has pinpointed Fabio Fognini as a potential danger.

On Sunday, Murray defeated Sam Querrey which earned Great Britain the crucial point in their victory over the US - their first Davis Cup victory over the States since 1935.

Despite sharing a belief that Great Britain can go on to lift the Davis Cup, Murray highlighted that facing Italy on clay will provide a good test of character - particularly as it is the hosts' preferred surface.

"Away ties are tough because the opposition are at a significant advantage before a ball has been struck," Murray told the Telegraph. "With Italy, their players are more suited to the clay court, that is where they most comfortable. Winning gives everyone confidence but it will be different playing against them there.

"Playing Italy on the clay, that is their best surface. Playing the [United] States here, it isn't. I've played against the Italians in Italy before and they are a tough crowd and they are very passionate. It will be a good test of character for everyone."

Murray was quick to point out the form of Fognini, who is currently the Italian No. 1. The Scot believes Fognini is well on the way to breaking into the world's top ten and will prove to be problematic when the tie is played in April.

"Fognini is playing really well just now," Murray said. "He's very close to being a top ten player soon. He's very talented, very quick. He's an interesting character. I've known him since we were like 12.

"His parents used to always come and watch. He's always been a bit of a showman. Now we're starting to see how good his tennis is. His head is screwed on now and he's doing really well."

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