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Nov 22, 2014

French mood slumps after doubles defeat

LILLE France (Reuters) – France spirits soared when Gael Monfils beat Roger Federer to keep them on track for a 10th Davis Cup title but the mood changed dramatically after Saturday’s defeat in the doubles.

Les Bleus, chasing a first title since 2001, are now 2-1 down against Switzerland after Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau lost 6-3 7-5 6-4 to Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

Nov 22, 2014

Tennis-French mood slumps after doubles defeat

LILLE, France, Nov 22 (Reuters) – France spirits soared when Gael Monfils beat Roger Federer to keep them on track for a 10th Davis Cup title but the mood changed dramatically after Saturday’s defeat in the doubles.

Les Bleus, chasing a first title since 2001, are now 2-1 down against Switzerland after Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau lost 6-3 7-5 6-4 to Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

Nov 22, 2014

Davis Cup final is still all about Federer

LILLE France (Reuters) – It could have been Stan Wawrinka’s moment, but the Davis Cup final is all about Roger Federer after all.

Wawrinka has hit top form again in the wake of a convincing display at the ATP World Tour Finals, giving Switzerland the first point against France on Friday and offering another strong showing in Saturday’s doubles as his team took a 2-1 lead against hosts France.

Nov 22, 2014

Tennis-Davis Cup final is still all about Federer

LILLE, France, Nov 22 (Reuters) – It could have been Stan Wawrinka’s moment, but the Davis Cup final is all about Roger Federer after all.

Wawrinka has hit top form again in the wake of a convincing display at the ATP World Tour Finals, giving Switzerland the first point against France on Friday and offering another strong showing in Saturday’s doubles as his team took a 2-1 lead against hosts France.

Nov 22, 2014

Switzerland on the brink of Davis Cup glory after doubles win

LILLE France (Reuters) – Switzerland made a big step toward a maiden Davis Cup title when they took a 2-1 lead in the final against hosts France with Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka’s 6-3 7-5 6-4 win in the doubles against Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau on Saturday.

Federer, who looked in good shape after struggling with back problems this week, will have the opportunity to claim the winning point in Sunday’s first reverse singles against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Nov 22, 2014

Tennis-Switzerland on the brink of Davis Cup glory after doubles win

LILLE, France, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Switzerland made a big step towards a maiden Davis Cup title when they took a 2-1 lead in the final against hosts France with Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka’s 6-3 7-5 6-4 win in the doubles against Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau on Saturday.

Federer, who looked in good shape after struggling with back problems this week, will have the opportunity to claim the winning point in Sunday’s first reverse singles against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Nov 21, 2014

Beaten Federer consoled by shaking ‘ghost’ off his back

LILLE France (Reuters) – Despite his defeat by Gael Monfils in Friday’s second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final, Roger Federer found something to smile about as the Swiss got “a ghost” off his back.

The 17-times grand slam champion, who lost 6-1 6-4 6-3 as France drew level 1-1 following Stan Wawrinka’s opening victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, explained that the recent discomfort he felt in his back began to ease the longer the contest went on.

Nov 21, 2014

Tennis-Beaten Federer consoled by shaking “ghost” off his back

LILLE, France, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Despite his defeat by Gael Monfils in Friday’s second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final, Roger Federer found something to smile about as the Swiss got “a ghost” off his back.

The 17-times grand slam champion, who lost 6-1 6-4 6-3 as France drew level 1-1 following Stan Wawrinka’s opening victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, explained that the recent discomfort he felt in his back began to ease the longer the contest went on.

Nov 21, 2014

Tsonga disappointed by crowd support at Davis Cup final

LILLE France (Reuters) – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rued a lack of crowd support in his Davis Cup final defeat to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka as a record attendance could not bring the best out of the French number one in his opening singles match on Friday.

Some 2,500 Switzerland fans, among a 27,432 crowd, were frequently more vocal than the massed home support under the closed roof of the Pierre Mauroy stadium as Wawrinka breezed past Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Nov 21, 2014

Tennis-Tsonga disappointed by crowd support at Davis Cup final

LILLE, France, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rued a lack of crowd support in his Davis Cup final defeat to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka as a record attendance could not bring the best out of the French number one in his opening singles match on Friday.

Some 2,500 Switzerland fans, among a 27,432 crowd, were frequently more vocal than the massed home support under the closed roof of the Pierre Mauroy stadium as Wawrinka breezed past Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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