DAVIS CUP 2014
Federer, Wawrinka Attempt Comeback Against Kazakhstan
World Group, Quarter-finals
by ATP Staff|
Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer have no margin for error as they look to pull Switzerland back from a 1-2 deficit against Kazakhstan in the World Group quarter-finals.
The Swiss duo was expected to lead the host team’s march into the semi-finals, but is now one rubber from a second straight defeat against Kazakhstan. In their previous encounter, Kazakhstan dominated 5-0 in the 2010 World Group play-offs.
World No. 3 Wawrinka, yet to recapture his Australian Open form, needs to fight past Mikhail Kukushkin to level the tie at 2-2. The 29 year old began the season with back-to-back titles in Chennai (d. Roger-Vasselin) and Melbourne (d. Nadal) but has gone 5-2 since that impressive run. He and Kukushkin split their two previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, in 2010, with the Kazakh’s victory coming in that Davis Cup tie.
Should Wawrinka prevail in the first of the reverse singles, Federer hopes to win his first meeting against Andrey Golubev to give Switzerland its first appearance in the semi-finals since 2003.
The winner of the Kazakhstan-Switzerland tie faces the victor of the battle between Great Britain and host Italy. Andy Murray is trying to clinch his country’s first Davis Cup semi-finals appearance since 1981 when he faces Fabio Fognini in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday. In other quarter-finals action, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays Tobias Kamke as the host nation fights to stay alive against Germany. Defending champion Czech Republic, who secured their place in the last four on Saturday, awaits the winner.