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Italy took a 2-1 advantage over Japan in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie on Saturday, when Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini defeated Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama in doubles.

After splitting Friday’s opening singles matches, Italy gained the upper hand in a 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 doubles victory despite McLachlan and Uchiyama combining for 15 of the 19 aces scored at Morioka Takaya Arena.

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