Italy ultimately proved too strong for the Argentine team, who suffered a first loss at this stage since returning to the World Group in 2002.
Carlos Berlocq gave Argentina a positive start by coming back from a set down to defeat Andreas Seppi, but Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini levelled the tie with a straight sets win over Juan Monaco in the second rubber. Fognini then combined with Simone Bolelli to edge a remarkably tight doubles encounter with Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos in a four set match that included three tie-breaks. A four set win for Fognini in the reverse singles ensure a second consecutive quarterfinal appearance for the Italians.