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Federer gets Switzerland back on track in Davis Cup quarterfinals

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International Sports Desk, Apr 4 (EFE).- Roger Federer restored order to Switzerland's Davis Cup quarterfinal clash against Kazakhstan, brushing aside Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to even the tie at 1-1 after Friday's singles.

The world No. 4 delivered a workman-like performance to defeat Kukushkin in one hour and 52 minutes after his countryman, 2014 Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, was stunned in the first match by Andrey Golubev.

Federer struck 10 aces and staved off the lone break point he faced against Kukushkin at the Palexpo, an indoor arena in Geneva. The 17-time Grand Slam champion also played well on return, breaking the 56th-ranked Kazakh four times.

"Definitely it's an advantage and good for me not to waste any energy because I do see myself playing all three days, even though I play second on Sunday," Federer, who is trying to lead his country to its first-ever Davis Cup title, said of finishing his match off in straight sets.

In the earlier singles match, the 64th-ranked Golubev pulled off the biggest upset of this year's Davis Cup by edging Wawrinka, the world No. 3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).

"There is always a lot of pressure when you play at home and for your country but that's part of our game and you have to deal with that," Wawrinka said.

"Today I didn't play so well but I'm expecting to play better tomorrow in the doubles."

In other Davis Cup quarterfinal action on Friday, the two-time defending champion Czech Republic grabbed a 2-0 lead over Japan in Tokyo despite the absence of top singles player Tomas Berdych, who is sitting out the tie due to fatigue.

Germany also took a 2-0 lead over France thanks to a pair of upsets. First, 96th-ranked Tobias Kamke surprised 50th-ranked Julien Benneteau in straight sets and then 119th-ranked Peter Gojowczyk stunned the crowd in Nancy with a five-set win over 12th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

In one other quarterfinal tie, Italy leads Britain 1-0 after a rainy day in Naples on Friday.

Fabio Fognini defeated James Ward in the first match, while Scottish world No. 8 Andy Murray was leading Andreas Seppi in the second contest 6-4, 5-5 when play was suspended due to darkness.

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