Davis Cup by BNP Paribas
Switzerland, Sweden, India Win Play-off Ties
World Group Play Offs
by ATP Staff|
ITALY 2 SWITZERLAND 3
Centro Sportivo "Valletta Cambiaso", Genova (clay – outdoors)
Switzerland has retained its place in the elite 16-nation Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group, after ATP World Tour No. 1 Roger Federer completed a rain-interrupted 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 victory over World No. 90 Potito Starace of Italy in one hour and 41 minutes. The match was suspended for two hours due to rain, with Federer leading 6-3, 4-0.
Federer extended his Davis Cup winning streak in singles rubbers to 12 matches, after wrapping up his second singles win of the weekend. It was Starace’s first loss in 11 Davis Cup singles matches.
"It was a tough weekend for us and I'm happy I could help Switzerland win," said Federer, who finished runner-up to Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open last week. "I was able to play very well. I have to go on holiday badly. I have a problem with my leg, I have a problem with my arm — everything is hurting. And I've got to do some baby-sitting."
In the 'dead' singles rubber, Italian Fabio Fognini defeated Michael Lammer of Switzerland 7-5, 7-6(4) in one hour and 34 minutes. Italy, the 1976 Davis Cup champion, has not contested a World Group tie since 2000.
NETHERLANDS 1 FRANCE 4
MECC Maastricht, Maastricht (clay – indoors)
World No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga maintained his unbeaten Davis Cup record (6-0) giving France victory over the Netherlands in Maastricht on Sunday. Tsonga, who made his debut against Romania in February 2008, hit 15 aces past Thiemo de Bakker to win his third point of the weekend with a 7-6(5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(4) victory in three hours. Jeremy Chardy made it 4-1 to France with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jesse Huta Galung in the fifth 'dead' singles rubber.
SWEDEN 3 ROMANIA 2
Idrottens Hus, Helsingborg (hard – indoors)
Roland Garros finalist Robin Soderling, currently No. 11 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings, coolly sealed Sweden’s place in the World Group next year after he convincingly beat Victor Hanescu of Romania 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday. In the fifth rubber, Andreas Vinciguerra retired with a foot injury against Marius Copil after clinching the first set 6-4. Sweden last played Romania in 1979.
SOUTH AFRICA 1 INDIA 4
Ellis Park Indoor Arena, Johannesburg (hard – indoors)
Somdev Devvarman, runner-up to Marin Cilic at the Aircel Chennai Open in January, fought back from two sets to love down against South African Rik de Voest to give India a place in the World Group for the first time since 1998. Devvarman triumphed 3-6, 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-4 in four hours and 44 minutes. In the fifth 'dead' rubber, Indian debutant Yuki Bhambri edged past Izak van der Merwe 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
BELGIUM 3 UKRAINE 2
Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi (clay - indoors)
Steve Darcis was the hero for Belgium, who ended a spirited challenge from Ukraine for a 3-2 victory on Sunday. Darcis required just over 90 minutes to beat Sergei Bubka 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 in the fifth and deciding rubber. Earlier in the day, Sergiy Stakhovsky overcame Xavier Malisse 6-3, 3-6, 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes. Belgium captain Reginald Willems was forced to substitute Olivier Rochus and Christophe Rochus (due to injuries) for Malisse, who has struggled to overcome knee injuries in recent years.
SERBIA 5 UZBEKISTAN 0
Belgrade Arena, Belgrade (hard – indoors)
Viktor Troicki and Ilia Bozoljac completed a 5-0 rout of Uzbekistan Sunday, following victories for Serbia in the 'dead' singles rubbers. Troicki hit nine aces past Murad Inoyatov 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 38 minutes, while Bozoljac cruised past Vaja Uzakov 6-1, 6-4 in just 72 minutes.
ECUADOR 3, BRAZIL 2
Ginasio Gigantinho, Porto Alegre (clay – indoors)
Nicolas Lapentti led Ecuador back into the World Group for the first time since 2005 after battling past Brazil’s Marcos Daniel 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 8-6, clinching the win on his sixth match point in four hours and 42 minutes Sunday. The 33 year old played more than 11 hours over the three-day tie as he accounted for each of Ecuador’s three points. In the fifth rubber, Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci eased past Julio-Cesar Campozano 6-2, 6-4 in 67 minutes.
CHILE 3 AUSTRIA 2
Medialuna Monumental of Rancagua, Rancagua (clay – outdoors)
Nicolas Massu shut the door on Austria’s tenacious comeback attempt, clinching Chile’s 3-2 victory as he prevailed against Stefan Koubek 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) in five hours and 14 minutes. Chile had held the 2-0 lead after the first day of action, but saw the score levelled by Jurgen Melzer on Sunday. Melzer, who had won the doubles rubber with Julian Knowle on Saturday to keep Austria’s World Group hopes alive, defeated Paul Capdeville 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in a match that featured a combined 21 breaks of serve.
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