SWITZERLAND 3, ITALY 2
Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard - indoor)
Switzerland advanced to its second Davis Cup final on Sunday, courtesy of its greatest player.
Roger Federer recorded his 55th match win of the year in beating Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(4) in the first reverse singles rubber, to give Switzerland an unassailable 3-1 lead in Geneva.
The World No. 3 struck 33 winners, including 11 aces, for victory in just under two hours. It maintained his perfect 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Fognini.
Switzerland will travel to France for the Davis Cup final, to be held 21-23 November.
Federer has a 37-7 record in singles rubbers for Switzerland, including Friday's 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Simone Bolelli. Stan Wawrinka beat Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the second singles rubber on Friday. Fognini and Bolelli beat Marco Chiudinelli and Wawrinka 7-5, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the doubles rubber.
In 1992, Switzerland — featuring Marc Rosset and Jakob Hlasek — finished runner-up to United States, made up of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and John McEnroe, in the Davis Cup final.