Italy has beaten Australia 2-1 in the Hyundai Hopman Cup tie at Perth Arena.
Andreas Seppi and Flavia Pennetta took the deciding mixed doubles rubber 6-3 6-4 against Bernard Tomic and Samanth Stosur to close out the tie.
A former world No.1 in doubles, Pennetta rose to the occasion to guide Italy over the line in the mixed.
She rallied when down 0-40 on serve in the fourth game of the second set to maintain a break for Italy and was the standout player on court.
Earlier the two countries split the singles to take the tie into a live mixed.
World No.51 Tomic started sluggishly against No.25 Seppi but found his composure to take the match 4-6 6-3 6-2 in 102 minutes.
Tomic looked to have difficulty in moving around the court and the 21-year-old’s body language indicated has not happy at times.
But he was happy with the win in difficult conditions against a quality opponent.
“It was very hot today so it was difficult to play,” Tomic said.
“Andreas was playing very good in the first set and I started slow but it as very good tennis in the end.
“I’m happy with the way I played.”
Pennetta had given Italy the perfect start with a straight sets win against Stosur.
The 6-4 6-4 victory extended Pennetta’s head-to-head record against Stosur to 5-0 dating back to 2009.
Each player started tentatively, with the first set featuring five consecutive breaks of serve from the second game and six in total.
World No.31 Pennetta and Stosur (No.18) steadied at the start of the second, with each holding their delivery until Stosur was broken in the ninth game.
The Italian capitalised on her third break opportunity, Stosur contributing to her downfall with three double faults, to close out the match.
Pennetta said it had been pleasing to beat Stosur again.
"We always have a good fight and then I always win," Pennetta said.
"But I think today was a good match for the crowd and for us to be ready for next week."
The Italians bounced back after losing their first tie 3-0 against No.1 seeds Poland last Saturday.
They face an uphill battle to qualify for Saturday’s tournament decider, needing to beat Canada 3-0 on Thursday and hope Australia come up with a similar scoreline against unbeaten Poland.