Tennis: Switzerland edge Serbia for Davis Cup quarters

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Swiss team in celebration after beating Serbia

Switzerland sealed a Davis Cup quarter-final berth when a win in Saturday’s doubles gave them an unbeatable 3-0 lead over last season’s finalists Serbia.

The all important point was delivered by the Swiss pairing of Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lanmer, who saw off Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic 6-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-6 (7/2), 6-2.

Switzerland's Michael Lammer (C) celebrates victory over Serbia with his teammates Stanislas Wawrinka (L) and Roger Federer (R) after the Davis Cup World Group first round tie between Serbia and Switzerland in Novi Sad on February 1, 2014.
Switzerland’s Michael Lammer (C) celebrates victory over Serbia with his teammates Stanislas Wawrinka (L) and Roger Federer (R) after the Davis Cup World Group first round tie between Serbia and Switzerland in Novi Sad on February 1, 2014.

The Swiss took control of the tie in Novi Sad on Friday when Roger Federer, yet to add the Davis Cup trophy to his array of silverware, and freshly crowned Australian champion Stanislas Wawrinka, won both of their singles.

Federer, a last minute addition to the team, beat 268th-ranked Ilija Bozoljar in three sets, with Wawrinka, the new world number three, needing four sets to dispatch 102nd ranked Dusan Lajovic.

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Serbia, the 2010 winners, were up against it with their side weakened by the absence of Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic.

The winner will face either Kazakhstan or Belgium who are playing in Astana, with the hosts leading 2-1.

AFP