Israel clinches Davis Cup tie against Italy

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich defeated Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6(5) in their doubles match at the Ramat Hasharon Tennis Center on Saturday to give Israel a 3-0 lead over Italy and clinch a victory in a best-of-five Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 tie. Israel, which advances to a World Group playoff in September, will find out its next Davis Cup opponent when the draw is held on Wednesday.