Switzerland vs Kazakhstan Davis Cup 2014 QF Preview

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Federer Wawrinka1 Switzerland vs Kazakhstan Davis Cup 2014 QF Preview

 

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland
Surface: Indoor Hard

Start times:
Day 1: 13:30 Local (11:30 GMT)
Day 2: 13:30 Local (11:30 GMT)
Day 3: 13:30 Local (11:30 GMT)

Projected Matchups:
R1 Stanislas Wawrinka vs Andrey Golubev
R2 Roger Federer vs Mikhail Kukushkin
R3 Stanislas Wawrinka/Roger Federer vs Evgeny Korolev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov
R4 Stanislas Wawrinka vs Mikhail Kukushkin
R5 Roger Federer vs Andrey Golubev

With Spain, Argentina and Serbia out of the Davis Cup picture, Switzerland have a better chance than ever to take the Davis Cup and have a kind draw in Kazakhstan for their quarter final. The cynics would suggest Roger Federer’s sudden interest in the competition is due to this and there is no doubt the Swiss are favourites to win it all with a team of Federer and Wawrinka.

Wawrinka opens against Andrey Golubev whom he was 6-4 4-1 up on in Australia before winning by a retirement. Golubev had actually defeated Wawrinka in the meeting before that but there is no chance of a repeat this time around even if the Swiss is suffering somewhat of a slam hangover after his Australian Open win.

Federer should put Switzerland in a position to close out on Saturday in the doubles with victory over Mikhail Kukushkin. Kukushkin is 4-8 on the year and retired 6-1 3-1 in his last match in Miami while Federer will be keen to bounce back from his disappointing loss to Kei Nishikori in Miami.

Last time these two nations met, Kazahkstan won 5-0 on clay at home. This time round, a reverse 5-0 looks the most likely outcome.

Prediction: Switzerland advances

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