Switzerland beats Kazakhstan 3-2 in Davis Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014
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GENEVA (AP) — Roger Federer won the decisive singles match on Sunday to give Switzerland a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup and a spot in the semifinals for the first time in 11 years.

Federer cruised to a 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3 victory over 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev, then ran across the court to embrace team captain Severin Luethi.

"We're very relieved and very happy," said the 32-year-old Federer, who has never won a Davis Cup title. "It was a long weekend with a lot of tennis."

Trailing 2-1 after losing Saturday's doubles, Switzerland had drawn level when Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

"Stan gave me the chance to play again today. It was a pleasure," Federer said in French in a courtside interview in front of the 15,000-plus crowd at the Palexpo indoor arena

Switzerland will host Italy in the semifinals on Sept. 12-14.

"The last thing I want is to talk about it, to think about it, to discuss about it. There's a certain time and place to do that," Federer said at a news conference. "The only hope I always have is that we will be healthy."

The Swiss have never won the Davis Cup, and last reached the semifinals in 2003. Then, a Federer-led team lost to Lleyton Hewitt's Australia.