Vintage Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:23am EST
 
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By Julien Pretot

LILLE, France (Reuters) - Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to crush Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 and seal Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup title with a 3-1 win over hosts France on Sunday.

The 17-times grand slam champion shook off back problems during the weekend and recovered from Friday's defeat by Gael Monfils to hand France a third defeat in their last three finals.

With Federer imperious on serve, there was a sense of inevitability in the air at the Pierre Mauroy stadium despite the support of a record 27,448 raucous crowd and Gasquet's decent level of play.

He made more unforced errors than the gifted Frenchman -- 24 to 21 -- but hit an astonishing 62 winners, kneeling down before lying on his chest after wrapping up the match with a cunning drop shot.

"We fought hard for it. I've been playing this game for almost 15 years and clearly I had never come as close than this past weekend," said world number two Federer, for whom the only major title missing from his collection is now an Olympic singles gold medal.

"I'm happy I stayed calm and played a good match when I had to. I'm really happy for all the guys in the team."

Gasquet said he was "very disappointed" to lose in straight sets.

"It's the first time Roger plays at this level against me," he said.   Continued...

 
Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during their Davis Cup final singles tennis match against France's Richard Gasquet at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, November 23, 2014.      REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes