(November 22, 2014) Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland an important 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final on Saturday, when they defeated France’s doubles team of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in Lille, France.
Switzerland’s captain Severin Luthi made the move to place the 2008 Olympic champion doubles team instead of Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer, who were slated to play.
In the 2 hour and 12 minute match, the Swiss pair defended all five break points against them.
After Federer lost to Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles rubber, the 17-time major champ said after the match that he would be ready to play doubles if he was needed despite the back injury.
Federer was clearly moving better on Saturday than on Friday.
Federer is scheduled to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening rubber on Sunday, with Stan Wawrinka playing Gael Monfils in the fifth rubber if necessary.
France is looking for it’s 10 Davis Cup while Switzerland is seeking it’s first.
DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINAL
SWITZERLAND leads FRANCE 2-1
Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille (clay – indoors)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62
Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Roger Federer (SUI) 61 64 63
Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Roger Federer (SUI)
Gael Monfils (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI)