Davis Cup: Federer, Switzerland come back, reach semifinals
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a forehand to Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev during their quarterfinal match on Sunday in Geneva. Federer won 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3, lifting Switzerland to a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan.
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GENEVA -- Roger Federer won the decisive singles match on Sunday to give Switzerland a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup and a spot in the semifinals for the first time in 11 years.
Federer cruised to a 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3 victory over 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev, then ran across the court to embrace team captain Severin Luethi.
"We're very relieved and very happy," said the 32-year-old Federer, who has never won a Davis Cup title. "It was a long weekend with a lot of tennis."
Trailing 2-1 after losing Saturday's doubles, Switzerland had drawn level when Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
"Stan gave me the chance to play again today. It was a pleasure," Federer said in French in a courtside interview in front of the 15,000-plus crowd at the Palexpo indoor arena
Switzerland will host Italy in the semifinals on Sept. 12-14.
The Swiss have never won the Davis Cup, and last reached the semifinals in 2003. Then, a Federer-led team lost to Lleyton Hewitt's Australia.