In a week that saw three of the big four compete in Davis Cup action, Roger Federer (Profile) was the only one to not play. However he wasn’t needed against probably the weakest team in the World Group play-offs – Ecuador. The Swiss team won the tie 4-1 after sealing victory after three rubbers on the indoor courts of Neuchatel.
Stanislas Wawrinka (Profile) put in a solid enough performance to defeat Emilio Gomez (Profile) in straight sets. Gomez, the son of 1990 French Open winner Andres, won his first ATP match this year but found it difficult to keep with the US Open semi-finalist. Wawrinka broke twice in each set to get the ball rolling with 6-4 6-3 6-3 victory.
Without Federer, Swiss no.2 would be Marco Chiudinelli (Profile) and he made hard work of Julio-Cesar Campozano (Profile). The 295th ranked Campozano shocked the Swiss crowd by taking the first set 6-3 but Chiudinelli rallied to take the next two sets. The fourth would be settled by a tiebreak which became progressively heated as multiple umpiring decisions went against the Swiss. A double fault at 5-5 from Chiudinelli gave Campozano set point on serve but he failed to convert eventually falling in the tiebreak to close out the 3-6 6-1 6-3 7-6(8) win to make it 2-0 Switzerland.
The aforementioned Swiss pair managed to close it out in doubles but the difficulty of which was extremely surprising. Wawrinka and Chiudinelli were two sets up only to find themselves down a break in the fifth set against Gomez and Roberto Quiroz. However, they fought back to finish off the tie with a 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-7 6-4.
This meant Sunday would be two dead rubbers – Michael Lammer beat Quiroz in three sets while Gonzalo Escobar defeated Chiudinelli 6-0 7-5.
R1 – Stanislas Wawrinka def. Emilio Gomez 6-4 6-3 6-3
R2 – Marco Chiudinelli def. Julio-Cesar Campozano 3-6 6-1 6-3 7-6(8)
R3 – Stanislas Wawrinka/Marco Chiudinelli def. Roberto Quiroz/Emilio Gomez 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-7 6-4
R4 – Michael Lammer def. Roberto Quiroz 6-3 2-6 6-2
R5 – Gonzalo Escobar def. Marco Chiudinelli 6-0 7-5