Roger Federer helped Switzerland to stay level in their Quarter-final tie vs Kazakhstan after he defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in just under 2 hours to make it 1-all after the 1st day.
Earlier today, Andrey Golubev upset the World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5) in three hours & 14 minutes to give Kazakhstan 1-0 lead. This was Golubev's 16th win in his 21st singles match at Davis Cup & he impressed every one with his splendid single handed backhand. Wawrinka wasn't at the top of his game, but, still managed to win the 3rd set & managed to save 4 match points in the 4th set, but Golubev held his nerve to give Kazakhstan its 1 win.
Federer showed no signs of pressure as he won his 34th singles Davis Cup match (in his 41st match) in splendid fashion. The Kazakh got off to a promising start in the 1st set. Federer how ever, got his 1st break on his third opportunity to win the 1st set 6-4.
Federer looked more comfortable in the 2nd set & again one break of serve was sufficient as he also won the second 6-4.
Federer had complete control in the 3rd set as he broke Kukushkin's service twice to win the set 6-2.
On Saturday, Federer & Wawrinka are scheduled to play in the doubles vs Nedovyesov/Korolev. How ever, the captains can decide to change players up to 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the match.
Switzerland are trying to reach Davis Cup semi-final for the first time in 11 years (last time they reached semi-finals in 2003, where they lost 2-3 vs Australia).
The winner of this tie will play the winner of Great Britain vs Italy tie being played in Naples, Italy.
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