Switzerland leads Serbia 2-0
(January 31, 2014) World No. 8 Roger Federer and newly minted Australian Open champion and No. 3 player Stanislas Wawrinka won their singles matches on Friday.
Federer playing in a rare first round tie, beat Ilija Bozoljac 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Federer had to rally from 2-5 down in the second set.
Wawrinka faced a bigger challenge as he was extended No. 102 Dusan Lajovic in the second match, injuring his hand and arm toward the close of the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7).
2010 Davis Cup champion Serbia is without its three top players including No. 2 Novak Djokovic who is resting.
The winner of this tie will play the winner of Belgium-Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals in April.
France leads Australia 2-0
France won all six sets played on Friday giving wins to Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
No. 9 Gasquet stopped Australian teenager No. 162 Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-2, while no. 10 Tsonga thumped Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Czech Republic and Netherlands are tied at 1
The Czech Republic and Netherlands split matches to tie at 1-1 on Friday after Tomas Berdych and beat Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 and Robin Haase rallied to beat Radek Stepanek 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1 in 3 hours and 39 minutes.
Argentina even with Italy 1-1
Fabio Fognini beat Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 and Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq stopped Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round tie in the Davis Cup World Group on Friday.
The winner of the tie will face either Great Britain or the United States in the quarterfinals.
Kazakhstan leads Belgium 2-0
Mikhail Kukushkin and Andrey Golubev were severely tested in their singles wins for Kazakhstan. Kukushkin beat Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 followed by beating David Goffin 7-6 (9), 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 12-10 – four hour and 40 minute marathon..
Canada tied with Japan 1-1
The Davis Cup World Group first round tie between Canada and Japan is tied 1-1 after the opening day of play. With world No. 11 Milos Raonic out of the tie due to an ankle it was world No. 119 Frank Dancevic and world No. 135 Peter Polansky who answered the call for the Canadian Davis Cup team on Friday. Polansky started the day with a valiant effort against world No. 18 Kei Nishikori but fell 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 while Dancevic then evened the score with a strong win against world No. 140 Go Soeda 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-1.
Germany Leads Spain 2-0
Great Britain leads US 2-0