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Federer leads Switzerland to Davis Cup semis

International Sports Desk, Apr 5 (EFE).- Roger Federer beat Andrey Golubev 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday, helping Switzerland defeat Kazakhstan and advance to the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 11 years. The Swiss great helped his country reach the Davis Cup semis for the first time in his career. Switzerland, which had the world's third- and fourth-ranked singles players on its team, will play Italy, which defeated Britain 3-2, in the semifinals.

Tennis: Comeback kings Swiss, Italy, France in Davis Cup semis

Switzerland, Italy and France all staged thrilling comebacks on Sunday to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals. Roger Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam title winner, and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka won their reverse singles as Switzerland beat Kazakhstan 3-2 in Geneva. In their first semi-final since 2003 they will face Italy who defeated Great Britain 3-2 in Naples. France came back from 2-0 down to see off underdogs Germany 3-2 in Nancy and will face two-time defending champions Czech Republic who crushed Japan 5-0.

Federer fires Swiss to Davis Cup win, Italy edge Britain

(Reuters) - Roger Federer sealed Switzerland's place in the Davis Cup semi-finals when he completed a comeback win over Kazakhstan on Sunday but Britain's last-four hopes were trampled into Italian clay in Naples. France are also in the last four despite looking dead and buried on Friday when they lost the opening two singles matches against a weakened Germany line-up.

Tennis: Federer puts Switzerland into Davis Cup semi-finals

Roger Federer put Switzerland into the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday when he beat Andrey Golubev 7-6 (7/6), 6-2, 6-3 for a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan. The Swiss will face Italy, who beat Great Britain 3-2 in Naples, for a place in the final. Trailing 2-1 overnight, world number three Stanislas Wawrinka beat Mikhail Kukushkin, the world 56, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 earlier on Sunday to bring Switzerland level at 2-2. stp/dj/nr

Kazakhstan stuns Switzerland in Davis Cup doubles, takes 2-1 lead

International Sports Desk, Apr 5 (EFE).- The Kazakh duo of Andrey Golubev and Oleksandr Nedovyesov stunned the Swiss team of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) in Davis Cup doubles action Saturday, giving their country a 2-1 lead in that quarterfinal tie. Despite playing at home and enjoying a huge edge in big-match experience, Federer and Wawrinka were unable to stop their unheralded opponents. The match came down to a handful of points, with the Kazakhs' better clutch play in the two tiebreakers proving to be the difference.

Tennis: Federer, Wawrinka slump in Davis Cup

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka slumped to a shock defeat in the Davis Cup on Saturday as minnows Kazakhstan opened a 2-1 lead in their quarter-final clash. Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov stunned Federer and Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (8/6) in the doubles. Australian Open champion Wawrinka, the world number three, had also lost his opening singles on Friday, going down 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) to 64th ranked Golubev.

Tennis: Federer pulls Swiss level after Wawrinka shock

Roger Federer pulled Switzerland level against Kazakhstan in their Davis Cup quarter-final after Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka had slumped to a shock defeat in Geneva. World number four Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam title winner, swept past 56th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to leave the tie level at 1-1 after the first day. Earlier, Wawrinka, the world number three, was stunned by unfancied Andrey Golubev, the world's 64th ranked player, in a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) shock.

Tennis: Federer pulls Swiss level after Wawrinka shock

Roger Federer pulled Switzerland level against Kazakhstan in their Davis Cup quarter-final after Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka had slumped to a shock defeat in Geneva. World number four Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam title winner, swept past 56th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to leave the tie level at 1-1 after the first day. Earlier, Wawrinka, the world number three, was stunned by unfancied Andrey Golubev, the world's 64th ranked player, in a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) shock.

Tennis: Double duty for Federer, Wawrinka in Davis Cup

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will compete in both singles and doubles for Switzerland in the Davis Cup World Group quarter-final clash against Kazakhstan in Geneva this weekend. World number three Wawrinka will open against 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev while Federer, ranked fourth in the world, will then take on 56th-ranked Mikhaïl Kukushkin. The Swiss pair, winners of the Olympic doubles title in 2008, will then team up on Saturday for the doubles rubbler against Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Evgeny Korolev.

Tennis: Double duty for Federer, Wawrinka in Davis Cup

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will complete in both singles and doubles for Switzerland in the Davis Cup World Group quarter-final clash against Kazakhstan in Geneva this weekend. World number three Wawrinka will open against 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev while Federer, ranked fourth in the world, will then take on 56th-ranked Mikhaïl Kukushkin. The Swiss pair, winners of the Olympic doubles title in 2008, will then team up on Saturday for the doubles rubbler against Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Evgeny Korolev.
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