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Great Britain's bid for Davis Cup glory ends in Naples

Great Britain's Davis Cup squad has failed in its bid to reach the national tennis competition's semi-finals for the first time in more than 30 years.

Final day defeats for Andy Murray and James Ward on the Naples clay saw Italy overturn a 2-1 deficit in the quarter-final tie and progress as 3-2 winners.

Andy Murray suffered a straight-sets defeat to Italy's Fabio Fognini, the world number 13, to send the tie to a decisive fifth rubber. Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi
The Wimbledon champion and the squad had been bidding to reach the Davis Cup last four for the first time since 1981. Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi
British No. 2 James Ward fell to a straight-sets defeat to Andreas Seppi in the fifth rubber to surrender the tie. Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi