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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.

Nov 21, 2014

Wawrinka gives Switzerland first blood in final

LILLE France (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka survived a second-set wobble to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 and give Switzerland a 1-0 lead over hosts France in the Davis Cup final on Friday.

World number four Wawrinka was more consistent than French number one Tsonga in front of a record 27,432 crowd at the Pierre Mauroy stadium.

Nov 21, 2014

Tennis-Wawrinka gives Switzerland first blood in final

LILLE, France, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka survived a second-set wobble to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 and give Switzerland a 1-0 lead over hosts France in the Davis Cup final on Friday.

World number four Wawrinka was more consistent than French number one Tsonga in front of a record 27,432 crowd at the Pierre Mauroy stadium.

Nov 20, 2014

Wawrinka forgets London trauma, ready for Davis Cup final

LILLE France (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka left the ATP World Tour Finals feeling wrecked last weekend but said on Thursday he had fully recovered for the Davis Cup final against France.

The world number four wasted four match points in losing a tight semi-final to Roger Federer in London last Saturday when he fumed at his team mate’s wife for heckling between serves.

Nov 20, 2014

Tennis-Wawrinka forgets London trauma, ready for Davis Cup final

LILLE, France, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka left the ATP World Tour Finals feeling wrecked last weekend but said on Thursday he had fully recovered for the Davis Cup final against France.

The world number four wasted four match points in losing a tight semi-final to Roger Federer in London last Saturday when he fumed at his team mate’s wife for heckling between serves.

Nov 20, 2014

Federer set to face France in Davis Cup final

LILLE France (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France’s Gael Monfils on Friday, organizers announced on Thursday.

The 17-time grand slam champion, looking to give Switzerland their maiden title in the team competition, withdrew from the ATP World Tour final against Novak Djokovic last Sunday.

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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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