The Wimbledon champion led Britain to victory in the United
States in the first round and will be key to their hopes in a first
quarter-final appearance since 1986.
"It will be a good challenge playing on the clay in Italy," Murray
said of the April 4-6 tie against a home side featuring claycourt
specialist Fabio Fognini.
"They have some very good clay court players with a passionate crowd
behind them. It will be a tough weekend and the games will be tight,
but it's great playing in big matches like this in the World Group."
Murray, currently trying to defend his Miami title, will be joined
in the team by world No. 127 Dan Evans and James Ward (155) with
Colin Fleming likely to play the doubles.
Ward produced a stunning five-set victory over Sam Querrey in San
Diego as Britain won a World Group tie for the first time in nearly
The winners will face Switzerland or Kazakhstan in the semi-finals.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Ed Osmond)
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