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Davis Cup: Switzerland beats Ecuador 3-0

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NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP)

Switzerland retained its Davis Cup world group status on Saturday, winning the doubles rubber against Ecuador to take a decisive 3-0 lead in their relegation playoff.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Michael Lammer completed a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 6-4 victory against Emilio Gomez and Roberto Quiroz on an indoor hard court surface.

The Swiss pair let two match-point chances slip in the fourth-set tiebreaker before taking their first chance in the fifth.

Lammer was paired with Wawrinka after the U.S. Open semifinalist and Marco Chiudinelli won Friday's opening singles.

Swiss No. 1 Roger Federer skipped the Davis Cup this year and has given no indication he will return to the team event next season.

The 2014 world group draw is on Wednesday.

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