BUENOS AIRES， Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Argentina's defense of its Davis Cup title came to an abrupt end on Monday when it lost in the first round of the competition to Italy.
Italian star Fabio Fognini came from two sets down to beat Argentina's Guido Pella in Buenos Aires and give his country a 3-2 victory.
Fognini， ranked 48 in ATP rankings， defeated No. 84 Pella 2-6， 4-6， 6-3， 6-4， 6-2 in four hours and 15 minutes of play.
The series took place in the Argentinean capital's Sarmiento Park， with football legend Diego Maradona in the stands.
Fognini began the game poorly and Pella took an early lead. However， despite massive pressure from the home crowd， Fognini made an epic comeback to give Italy the win.
Argentina was crowned Davis Cup champion for the first time last November. But this year， it began the first round without its two main players， Juan Martin del Potro and Federico Delbonis.
On Friday， Italy stormed to a 2-0 lead when Paolo Lorenzi easily beat Pella and Andreas Seppi claimed a tight match against Carlos Berlocq.
Argentina fought back to 2-2 over the weekend. On Saturday， its Berlocq-Leonardo Mayer pair beat Fognini and Simone Belelli. On Sunday， Berlocq took out Lorenzi.
Italy will face Belgium on Apr. 7-9 in the quarter-finals.
Argentina will face a play-off against a yet-undetermined opponent in September to maintain its status in the Davis Cup's top group.
WELLINGTON， Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Finance Minister Steven Joyce has hinted at tax cuts in his first government Budget， and the last before September's general election， to be delivered on May 25.
Joyce， who was appointed Finance Minister in December last year， said Wednesday the government was committed to reducing the tax burden on lower and middle income earners when it had "the room to do so."
A key element of the Budget would involve investing in the public services and building infrastructure.
"New Zealand businesses have generated 328，000 new jobs since 2008， and average weekly wages have grown by 26.1 percent， more than double the rate of inflation，" Joyce said in a statement.
"Budget 2017 will seek to give businesses the confidence to keep investing and keep growing， to provide more opportunities for New Zealand families，" he said.
"As the economy grows， we have a little more headroom to invest in better public services. However， as always， our focus will be on achieving better results， and not just tipping in more taxpayers money."
Joyce said the Budget would "continue a relentless focus on reducing debt as a percentage of GDP (gross domestic product)."
"A key part of building a resilient economy is creating the necessary buffers to deal with the next economic shock. The government remains committed to its target of reducing net debt to 20 percent of GDP by 2020-2021，" Joyce said.
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Tkachev said an additional 100 million tons of grain could be harvested if crop-growing areas expand to the 1978 acreage of 78 million hectares from the current 47 million hectares.
Russia, a major exporter Cheap Gerson Jersey , may sell around 45 million tons of grain, including 30 million tons of wheat, if the situation is favorable in the 2017-2018 crop year ending in July 2018 Cheap Federico Fazio Jersey , Tkachev said.
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