Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Roger Federer helps Switzerland qualify for 2016 world group in Davis Cup

Roger Federer won his 41st Davis Cup singles rubber, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in 1:44 over Thiemo De Bakker, to qualify the Swiss for the 2016 Davis Cup World Group. The victory ensures that the 2014 Davis Cup champions will be a part of the 16-team World Group in 2016.

Things started okay for De Bakker in set one. The Dutchman had two game points from 40-15, 3-4 to keep the set level, but Federer would win eight of the last nine points of the set, claiming the first break then holding at love to take the opener. Federer came through a three-deuce game to break for 2-1 in the second set, then added an insurance break for 4-1 before taking the set, 6-2. 

The Swiss maestro would break in the first game of the final set and hold the rest of the way to finish off De Bakker without any fuss. 

Federer did not face a break point all day and broke four times on 11 opportunites. “I felt pretty good today, almost the best I’ve felt all week,” Federer said. “Obviously the doubles was kind of tough, but for some reason mentally I was in a good place, and at the end I had enough to go five sets no problem.” 

The Swiss opened by taking a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands on Day 1, with Stan Wawrinka defeating De Bakker and Federer defeating Jesse Huta Gulang. But the Netherlands threw a wrench in Switzerland’s celebration plans on Saturday by taking the doubles rubber.

After the match Federer declined to commit to next year’s Davis Cup, saying that he’d have to look at the draw first. The World Group draw will be released next Wednesday evening from Santiago, Chile.

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