Federer Whips Gasquet to Clinch Davis Cup for Switzerland

by John on November 23, 2014

Federer D.C.

Roger Federer added another jewel to his treasure trove of accomplishments today, helping Switzerland secure its first Davis Cup trophy by defeating France’s Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth rubber, giving the Swiss an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie. “This one is for the boys,” said Federer, who was in tears at the end of the match. “This is not for me, I have won enough. I am just happy we can give everybody in our country a historic moment.” France was looking for its 10th Davis Cup title. Federer, who was soundly defeated by Gael Monfils in Friday’s second rubber, came back to play exquisitely today against Gasquet, who was subbing for an injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France’s top player. Tsonga had lost the opening match on Friday to an inspired Stanislas Wawrinka. Federer and Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 2-1 advantage yesterday with a straight-sets win in the doubles against Julien Benneteau and Gasquet. There had been serious concern about Federer’s health coming into the tie as the Swiss Maestro injured his back in his semifinal win against Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London last weekend. Federer played cautiously in his loss to Monfils, but gained confidence in his fitness yesterday after a strong doubles performance. The Swiss icon was noticeably nervous in the early going against Gasquet, but steadied and garnered assurance after breaking to take a 2-1 lead in the opening set. That was all he needed to grab the set, after dropping only four points on his serve. Federer broke to start the second set, and again in the seventh game, and just like that he was comfortably ahead two-sets to love. Gasquet saved four break points in the first game of the third set and served a love game in the third to show he still had some fight in him. But it was short-lived. Federer got breaks in the fifth and seventh games and sealed the win with a deft backhand drop shot on his first match point. The Swiss Maestro collapsed on the red clay in celebration. Federer commended his good friend and teammate Wawrinka with whom he had a spirited row after their semifinal in London last Saturday night. A huge piece of the Swiss elan in the final this week was the result of how the two patched things up late that night. “Stan has put in so much effort over the years. He played an unbelievable weekend and that is what gave me the opportunity today,” Federer said. Federer lost just 14 points on his serve and never faced a break point. Gasquet saved 11 of 16 break points.

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