Switzerland take lead in France

Published: Saturday 22nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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Switzerland took a step towards their first Davis Cup title after victory for Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in Saturday’s doubles against France in Lille.

Twenty four hours after losing his match in straight sets to Gael Monfils – a result that levelled the tie at 1-1 heading into Saturday’s action – Federer teamed with Wawrinka for a 6-3 7-5 6-4 win over Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet in a match lasting just over two hours.

The Swiss got a break to go 4-2 up in the opening set to before winning it.

With the French 6-5 down in a tight second set, Switzerland broke Gasquet to claim a 2-0 lead.

Fans at the Stade Pierre Mauroy were hoping for a repeat of the 2010 Davis Cup final when current France captain Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra came from two sets down to win the doubles against Serbia.

With the score tied at 2-2 in the third set, the Swiss pair broke Benneteau before Federer held his own serve to put them 4-2 up and they held on to take the lead in the tie.

Federer held serve to clinch the point for the visitors, who now lead the tie 2-1.

Federe, 33, who had 17 grand slams to his name is now just one step away from a major honour in tennis that has eluded him.

He will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday’s opening match and if he fails to beat the Frenchman, Wrawrinka will meet Monfils for the title decider.

Published: Saturday 22nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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