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Switzerland beat France to claim first Davis Cup title

Philippe Huguen, AFP | Federer beat Gasquet to give Switzerland its first Davis Cup.

Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match Sunday as Switzerland took an unassailable 3-1 lead against France to win the Davis Cup final.

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The 17-time Grand Slam champion gave Switzerland its first title in the team competition and added the only big trophy in tennis missing from his collection.

The Davis Cup win is the icing on the cake for Federer, says FRANCE 24’s Dan Levy, reporting from Lille.

“He’s won more Grand Slam tournaments than anyone else, has been world number one for longer than anyone else, he’s got Olympic gold and now the Davis Cup as well,” said Dan Levy.

Sunday’s win marked a remarkable recovery for the Swiss champion, who was thrashed by France’s Gael Monfils in his first singles match.

“Federer came into the final with a bad back and looked to be really struggling on Friday,” said Levy. “But by Saturday he seemed to be no longer hindered.”

The decision to field Federer alongside Stan Wawrinka in the doubles surprised some after Federer’s drubbing the day before.

But it paid off as the pair put Switzerland into a 2-1 lead with a straight sets defeat of Gasquet and Julien Benneteau.

Gasquet’s singles defeat on Sunday means the French have now lost their last three Davis Cup finals.

French captain Arnaud Clement had no complaints about the result.

"Right now I think we did everything right, me and the players. But Switzerland were better than us," he said.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

 

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