posted at 06:50
Author Name: Allan Kelly
Joy for Federer as Swiss win Davis Cup
Federer romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to hand the Swiss an unbeatable 3-1 lead after Stan Wawrinka had won the opening singles of the match and the world number two and four had teamed up to win the doubles on Saturday. Federer had expected to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first of Sunday's two rubbers, but the French number one, who lost to Wawrinka in four sets on Friday, was struggling with an arm injury and forced to pull out. Gasquet could make no inroads at all on the Federer serve and he was struggling manfully each time to hold his own. Federer failed to convert two set points at 5-4 up, but another love service game did the trick in the following game. When Federer broke serve to open the second set, the heads visibly went down in the French camp, while the outnumbered Swiss supporters got to their feet. The merest point earned by Gasquet on the Federer serve brought an ear-splitting reaction from the French fans and the occasional rendition of 'La Marseillaise'. Gasquet put up some desperate late fight at the start of the second set, garnering a few points on the Federer serve, but he failed to earn a single break point. The pressure on his own serve was all the more acute and a tired-looking backhand, which sailed well wide, handed Federer the final break of serve he needed.

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