Federer, Wawrinka lead Swiss bid for Davis Cup final

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka unite in Geneva this weekend as Switzerland bids for its first appearance in a Davis Cup final in 22 years.

Federer and Wawrinka, who are slated to play the singles and doubles rubbers for their country, are joined by Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer as they face Italians Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi and Simone Bolelli in the tie hosted on a hard court constructed in Geneva’s Palexpo.

In the opening rubber, Roger Federer faces No. 3 Italian Simone Bolleli for the first time since meeting in a Davis Cup World Group play-off in 2009. Federer claimed that and one other encounter - contested the year prior, in Basel - for a perfect ATP Head to Head record against Bolelli.

Wawrinka battles top Italian Fabio Fognini, the World No. 17, in the second singles rubber. Wawrinka is 2-1 in Davis Cup singles ties this year - all contested on hard courts - while Fognini is 4-0, all on clay. Wawrinka has won three of his four matches against Fognini.

In doubles, Federer/Wawrinka will face Lorenzi/Seppi on Saturday, and reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday.

"The season that Stan and me have had, I think we are ready for the big occasion," said Federer, after Thursday's draw.

''This tie obviously is the focus right now. But after that I still have some big tournaments coming up.''

Federer did acknowledge his anticipation at playing in front of daily, 18,500 sold-out crowds of typically noisy home fans.

''It's a record crowd for Switzerland I can't wait for that to happen,'' said Federer, who helped the Swiss beat Kazakhstan 3-2 in the previous round in April, when the same venue held 16,000.

Victory would put the Swiss into a November 21-23 final against either France or two-time defending champions the Czech Republic who will contest the other semi-final at Roland Garros in Paris.

Date: 11th September 2014, Source: ATP, AP and Reuters


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