Federer, Swiss to face Kazakhstan Davis Cup tie in Geneva

Switzerland's Davis Cup team, boasting newly-crowned Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka and former world number one Roger Federer, will face Kazakhstan in Geneva in April's quarter-finals, Swiss Tennis announced Friday.

The Swiss team will take on the visitors from April 4 to 6 in a 16,500-capacity venue at Geneva's Palexpo centre.

Swiss captain Severin Luethi said his squad was relishing the prospect of playing in Geneva, the largest city in Switzerland's western French-speaking region.

"I know that the team likes playing there because it's a region where we have the biggest number of loyal fans. It's going to be a festival of tennis, and we hope to play to a packed house in front of a crowd that's supporting us with every bone in their body," Luethi said in a statement released by Swiss Tennis.

"It's been 10 years since Switzerland managed to reach the quarter-finals. With Stan and Roger, it's clear that we're targeting the semis," he added.

The Swiss team earned their berth in the quarter-finals thanks to a 3-2 win last weekend away to Serbia, last year's beaten finalists.

The Davis Cup is the only major trophy missing from 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer's collection.

Date: 8th February 2014, Source: AFP


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