After a surprisingly tough weekend in the Davis Cup quarter-final, Roger Federer and the remainder of the Swiss team are through to the semi-final round, where they will face Italy for a spot in the final.
The Swiss Davis Cup team, heavily favoured coming into the event, have been faced with a difficult Day 3, as Wawrinka and Federer will both need wins to reach the semi-finals. While much can be said about Wawinka’s performances this weekend, Federer has looked quite fit and lived up to expectations, winning both of his singles rubbers, and performing relatively well in the doubles tie on Saturday.
Overall, they were able to salvage the tie on the final day of quarter-final action, as Wawrinka rallied for a four set victory, redeeming himself for his earlier loss, while Federer finished the tie off with an entertaining straight sets victory over Golubev.
“It’s great. I was hoping so much I was going to get a chance to play and not just watch Stan play,” said Federer. “I got the opportunity and I’m happy I lived up to the hype and the expectations, and I was able to get the boys through so very happy for them.”
Federer admitted that he was quite confident ahead of Day 3, yet maintained a healthy dose of respect towards the Kazakhs, who gave them a tough fight all weekend.
“I was confident but not silly confident but respectful confident towards the opponent (we could do it). I knew Stan was going to play better than Friday and I thought as well that he was going to do a better job with rhythm and against the type of player Kukushkin was, he’d find a way. That’s what happened. It was tough for him for a long time.”
The 17-time Grand Slam champion has been playing some strong tennis so far in 2014, and already has one title to his name as he prepares to begin the clay-court portion of the season.
“Then personally for me, I just felt I was playing such great tennis the last six months that I would find a way as well and I did. It’s a relief but it was a great feeling.”