Next tie 2-3 November 2013
Italy will host Russia in the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final and it will be looking to make home advantage count against a nation against which it has historically struggled. In six previous meetings against Russia, Italy has won just once - in 2009 - and their only loss in their last four final appearances came against the Eastern European tennis powerhouse.
Last tie 20-21 April 2013
The Italians saw off the challenge of defending champion Czech Republic in a rain-delayed semifinal in Palermo. Roberta Vinci answered her country's call to win both of her singles rubbers, eventually clinching victory on the Monday with a thrilling win over Lucie Safarova.
Italy have been crowned champions on three occasions - in 2006, 2009 and 2010 - and are one of only four nations to compete in every Fed Cup. In 2006, Italy became the first nation to win the title without playing a home tie, since the home-and-away format was adopted in 1995.
Roberta Vinci is the record holder in Fed Cup for winning the most doubles rubbers without defeat. Her ongoing run is currently at 18-0.
Next Tie02 Nov 2013
World Group - Final
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