With Switzerland leading the series 2-1, Roger Federer will look to secure the victory for his country and send them into the final of the Davis Cup for the first time in 22 years. Following his win over Simone Bolelli, Federer will now face top Italian Fabio Fognini to hand the Italians the final blow to their Davis Cup aspirations. Federer won both their previous meetings on the professional tour and will look to maintain that undefeated streak on Sunday afternoon.
Federer opened up the proceedings with a 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Simone Bolelli. While the Italian held his own and made it a surprisingly competitive battle, Federer remained solid on serve and took command of the contest until the he sealed the final point.
“I just stayed with him really,” said Federer, reflecting on the first set. “I served well myself. It ended up going to the tie-break, which I thought was the right thing. In the tie-break, I really think I served well throughout. The margins were small in the first set. In the second set I was finally able to get the break; that broke the deadlock for me a little bit. I was able to play with the lead, which is always easier. I’m just happy overall how it went. It’s important to get that first point and that was the most important part.”
While Fognini was not at his best in his opening rubber against Stan Wawrinka, which he lost in straight sets, he was able to keep Italian hopes alive on Saturday afternoon when he teamed up with Simone Bolelli to defeat the team of Marco Chiudinelli and Wawrinka.
“This point was very important for us, even if Roger wasn’t playing,” said Fognini. “I am much happier with my performance today, I served much better than yesterday, I returned much better. It’s still going to be very difficult for us but it’s a little less difficult than before. It depends if I play tomorrow, we have to decide. I’m a bit tired, but Simone and I always played long matches, we played four hours in Argentina, we played a long match in Naples, so we’re going to try until the end.”
Federer defeated Fognini in both their previous encounters on the professional tour, the first in Montreal (2007) and the second en route to his latest Grand Slam title at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. It will be interesting to see if Federer’s potential victory over the Italian on Sunday will serve as a stepping stone to his first ever Davis Cup title.
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