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Federer Lifts Swiss To Davis Cup Playoff Win

Posted: Sep 22, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer ensured Switzerland beat the Netherlands in a Davis Cup playoff on Sunday to retain its place in the elite World Group next season.

Second-ranked Federer beat No. 144 Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to seal a decisive 3-1 lead for the Swiss in the best-of-five series.

Federer never allowed a break point chance in clinching his second straight-sets singles win of the tie.

Switzerland, which won its first Davis Cup title last year, stays in the 16-nation World Group though perhaps without Federer.

Federer and 4th-ranked Stan Wawrinka have not committed to next year’s competition, citing a congested calendar which includes playing the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Meanwhile,  Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer won their matches Sunday as Spain defeated Denmark 5-0 in the Davis Cup’s second-tier relegation playoff.

Agut beat Frederik Nielsen 6-3, 6-4 and Ferrer defeated Mikael Torpegaard 6-1, 6-3 to close out the hard-court tie.

Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco had secured Spain the victory in advance by winning the doubles match on Saturday. Nadal and Ferrer won their singles matches Friday to give Spain the lead going into the weekend.

With the victory, Spain gets to stay in Group 1 for the Europe-Africa Zone, with a chance to return to the world group next year. Denmark will play Sweden in a second relegation round.

Nadal was back in Spain’s Davis Cup team after a two-year absence.

Steve Darcis sent Belgium into its first Davis Cup final for more than a century by beating Federico Delbonis on Sunday in the decisive fifth match against Argentina.

Also, Darcis, who lost his opening singles match and was defeated in doubles on Saturday as Argentina built a 2-1 lead, finally grabbed a point with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) win in a deafening atmosphere at the Forest National.

Earlier, Belgium’s No. 1 player David Goffin defeated Diego Schwartzman to draw Belgium level.

Belgium reached its first final since 1904 and will play Britain in the Nov. 27-29 match. Argentina, which has never won the Davis Cup, was looking for a fifth final in the team competition.

Belgium will host Britain in the final from Nov. 27-29.

Darcis and his teammates celebrated their 3-2 win with a lap of honor and thanked fans for their noisy support over the weekend.