It is official. With the help of 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, Switzerland is through to their first Davis Cup final since 1992 and will play likely hosts France in the November final.
Sunday’s action only needed one rubber, as Roger Federer managed to close out the tie at the start of the day against Italy’s Fabio Fognini. While it was far from the most appealing of tennis matches, the Swiss No. 1 eventually closed out the contest 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(4).
“I think I really struggled,” Federer said, “and Fabio struggled too over the whole weekend. They were tough conditions, a pretty quick court, there were a lot of errors. It was not the best performance for both of us, but you’ve got to fight with what you’ve got, and it was thrilling at the end.”
It was clearly an emotional moment for Federer and the remainder of the Swiss team, as they lifted their star player and did a victory lap with him in front of 18,000 adoring Swiss fans.
“It’s nice sharing emotions with your fans and your close ones,” he said.
The final contest saw Andreas Seppi defeat Michael Lammer 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to bring the score to 3-2.
Switzerland will be away to France in November’s final, although the venue is yet to be determined.
“The most classical match-ups I’ve had in my career came against France,” he said. “We’ve always lost at home and won away, so I’m happy it’s in France!”