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Switzerland, Italy, France reach Davis Cup semis

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 2:09 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer moved closer to adding one of the few trophies still missing from his cabinet by putting Switzerland into the Davis Cup semifinals on Sunday, while Italy and France also swept their reverse singles matches to complete come-from-behind victories.

Federer won the decisive singles match to give Switzerland a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan 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, after teammate Stanislas Wawrinka had beaten Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to level the series.

"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."

Like Switzerland, Italy and France also trailed 2-1 in their quarterfinals going into the final day but managed to turn things around.

Italy ousted Britain to reach its first semifinal in 16 years after Fabio Fognini pulled off a surprise 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray before Andreas Seppi defeated James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive match.

"A great feat, a great success for all Italian tennis," said Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti, whose team will next face Switzerland in September. "It was time we got back to the semifinals. It's credit to everyone, to a team which has a great character. It was a victory of character."

Britain was looking to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1981 but Fognini ended Murray's run of 19 consecutive singles victories in the competition.

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