Switzerland secured their return into the World Group in the Davis Cup after beating Netherlands 3-2.
In the first singles match played on Friday, Roger Federer comfortably dealt with both a temporary court and gusty wind to defeat Thiemo De Bakker in the Davis Cup play off.
The first rubber of the match in Amsterdam was also played in light rain, but it didn’t stop the world Number one winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. De Bakker, ranked 159th matched Switzerland’s finest on the second serve. But Federer dominated on the first serve in difficult conditions. Enough to keep his opponent at a safe distance. The match lasted one hour, 42 minutes and saw Federer hit 57 winners.
Things proved to be a bit harder for Stanislas Wawrinka who gave the Swiss a 2-0 lead with a hard fought win over Robin Haase.
Wawrinka won the first set 6-3 but then Haas got into a rythmn eventually taking the second set 6-3 himself. The Swiss showed real determination winning 6-3 again in the third but was made to work all the way as a tie break decided the match.
Haase gained some revenge in the doubles alongside Jean-julien Rojer as the pair beat Federer and Wawrinka in a battle royal. They began the stronger dominating the first two sets 6-4, 6-2. The Swiss team came thundering back at 7-5 in the third to set up a crucial fourth set. Haase and Rojer broke Federer’s serve in the seventh game of the fourth set and then broke Wawrinka to seal the match.
In the Sunday’s remaining singles encounters,Federer got the crucial third point that was needed for victory as he brushed Robin Haase aside with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 scoreline. It made the last rubber almost irrelevant, but Thiemo De Bakker did give the final result great respectability by overcoming Marco Chiudinelli 6-2, 7-6 (4).
Elsewhere, Germany had to dig deep on their way to victory over Australia, prevailing 3-2.
The evergreen Lleyton Hewitt was beaten by Florian Mayer in Hamburg in straight sets despite becoming Australia’s most-capped Davis Cup player.
The rubber brought Germany level after Bernard Tomic, ranked 42 in the world Earlier defeated Cedrik-Marcel Stebe despite being well beaten in the first set 6-2. Tomic responded by winning the next two sets 6-3, 6-4, eventually sealing the match on a tie break.
Hewitt later teamed up with Guccione and the pair were in no mood to let Germany dominate winning the first two sets 6-3, 6-2. Becker and Petzschner rallied taking the next set 6-2 but eventually went down in a tie break as Australia took a 2-1 lead.
In Sunday’s singles encounters, German number one Mayer started well against Tomic, breaking his opponent early in the match. His trademark backhand was in full flow as he took the first set 6-4. He went on to survive four break points in the sixth game of the second set before poweing on to win it 6-2. The Australian was struggling against the wind and was broken again in the third game of the third set, and despite clawing the break back, Mayerwas simply too strong. With a 6-3 set win, he secured Germany the second point and the tie was levelled at 2-2.
In the all deciding last match, Cedrik Marcel Stebe stunned the Australians by storming past Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Always in command, the result never seemed in doubt as the Germans took the tie 3-2.