Swiss take down Djokovic-less Serbia to reach Davis Cup quarters
Novi Sad, Serbia (SportsNetwork.com) - A pairing of Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer posted a big doubles victory on Saturday, as Switzerland secured a berth in the 2014 Davis Cup quarterfinals by grabbing an unassailable 3-0 lead over host Serbia in a best-of-five clash.
Chiudinelli and Lammer topped a Serbian duo of Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 to send the Swiss into the round of eight.
Friday's opening singles in Novi Sad saw men's all-time Grand Slam king Roger Federer handle Serb Ilija Bozoljac 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 and world No. 3 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka fight off Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) on the indoor hardcourt at Spens Sport Centre.
Unfortunately for Serbia, former world No. 1 star Novak Djokovic made himself unavailable this week, while the 32-year-old Federer, playing in an opening-round Davis Cup tie for the first time since 2005, made a last-minute decision to join Wawrinka and compete for a now-powerful Swiss team.
The Swiss are captained by Severin Luthi, while the host Serbs, who lost to the Czech Republic in last year's Davis Cup finale, are led by Bogdan Obradovic.
Switzerland, led by Federer, also topped Serbia in a World Group playoff in Geneva in 2006.
The Swiss will face the Belgium-Kazakhstan winner in April.
02/01 13:08:46 ET