Davis Cup quarter-finals brought forward after late-night finishes

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The start times for Friday’s Davis Cup quarter-finals matches have been brought forward by 30 minutes in an attempt to curtail the late finishes that have plagued the tournament, culminating in a 4am finish for the USA’s doubles match against Italy. 

The tournament is the first Davis Cup in the revamped Finals format, with all matches being played across a single week, and its first few days in Madrid have suffered from late finishes. With a single match potentially consisting of 18 sets of tennis each, and only three courts available at Madrid’s La Caja Mágica, organisers have struggled to squeeze the action in.

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