Federer clinches historic Davis Cup title for Switzerland

Federer clinches historic Davis Cup title for Switzerland
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Published November 23rd, 2014 - 17:15 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Switzerland's Davis Cup team celebrate after winning the Davis Cup tennis final against France
Switzerland's Davis Cup team celebrate after winning the Davis Cup tennis final against France

Roger Federer beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to make history for Switzerland as he clinched the first Davis Cup title for his nation, securing an unbeatable 3-1 scoreline over France.

Switzerland's lone brush with the top honour at the worldwide team event came in 1992 in a losing final against the United States in Texas.

Federer had been doubtful up to the Friday start of the tie after back pain last weekend forced him to forfeit the title match at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

But the iconic 17-time grand slam winner was able to play himself into form, winning the Saturday doubles point with Stan Wawrinka after losing his opening singles a day earlier against Gael Monfils.

The concluding win over Gasquet was a dominating performance from the 33-year-old Swiss, who has won 13 of 15 against the Frenchman. He broke five times in the victory lasting just under two hours,

Federer ended it on the first of three match points, sending over a drop shot and falling face down to the clay in joy.

France had been seeking a tenth Davis Cup title and was playing its first final since 2010 against Serbia.

The victory was the third for Switzerland against France in 13 meetings but their first in a decade.

Switzerland become the 14th nation to win the Davis title in a competition which has lasted for more than a century.

Gasquet was a late call-up for the injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for France.

Tsonga, who had played just two matches since early October due to various injuries, was crushed in Friday's opening singles by Wawrinka and was kept out of the doubles.

The big Frenchman shed tears during the national anthem on Saturday and gave every indication of being distraught by his poor form on court. He did not train on the clay court on Sunday morning.

Federer came out on fire form the start, breaking twice in the 44-minute opening set. Gasquet partially rose to the occasion as he salvaged two set points against his serve in the ninth game.

But it went for nought a game later as Federer calmly served out the set, fizzing a forehand winner to seal it.

The pssure from the Swiss only increased in the second set, with Federer starting with a break and taking a 5-2 lead on a second break of the fragile Gasquet.

Federer put his nation one set away from the title as he grabbed a two-sets-to-love lead with another winner on the first of three set points.

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