Ramkumar Ramanathan, who had lost six ATP Challenger finals in his career before, beat Russia's Evgeny Karlovskiy 6-1 6-4 in 68 minutes to claim his singles maiden title.
Both Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar had lost their singles matches on Friday and to stay alive in the tie, the Indians needed to win the doubles.
Being India's second-best ranked player, Ramkumar will be up against Finland’s No.1 Emil Ruusuvuori on the opening day of the tie.
This was the first time in the open era that two Indian teams competed against each other at a Grand Slam tournament
Ramkumar Ramanathan, 26, now needs to beat Australia's 32nd seed Marc Polmans, ranked 152
India now must win all three remaining matches on Saturday to qualify for Davis Cup finals
The unavailability of several India's regular players for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad in November, including Mahesh Bhupathi, means that Leander Paes might feature as the playing captain in the squad.
Italy took a gamble by naming Seppi as their number one player ahead of world number 19 Marco Cecchinato, who had ousted world number one Novak Djokovic from the French Open last year.
India lost 0-4 to Serbia in their World Group play-off clash in Kraljevo and the upcoming tie will be a litmus test for non-playing captain Bhupathi.
Serbia did not have multiple Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and injured Filip Krajinovic in their line-up but still India could not take advantage of it.
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