Novi Sad, Serbia (SportsNetwork.com) - Men's all-time Grand Slam king Roger
Federer and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka notched opening singles
wins Friday to give visiting Switzerland a commanding 2-0 lead over host
Serbia in an opening-round Davis Cup matchup.
The eighth-ranked former world No. 1 great Federer got the Swiss going with an
easy 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Ilija Bozoljac in 1 hour, 42 minutes, and the
world No. 3 Wawrinka completed the Day 1 sweep for the visitors with a hard-
fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) victory over a game Dusan Lajovic in 2 hours,
38 minutes on the indoor hardcourt at Spens Sport Centre.
Unfortunately for the hosts, former No. 1 star Novak Djokovic made himself
unavailable for Serbia 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 play for the Swiss in Novi Sad.
Saturday's doubles currently call for a Swiss pairing of Marco Chiudinelli
and Michael Lammer to take on a Serbian duo of Filip Krajinovic and Nenad
Zimonjic, while Sunday's reverse singles tentatively pit Federer against
Lajovic and Wawrinka versus Bozoljac.
The Swiss are captained by Severin Luthi, while the host Serbs, who lost to
the Czech Republic in last year's Davis Cup final, are led by Bogdan
Switzerland, led by Federer, topped Serbia 4-1 in a World Group playoff in
Geneva back in 2006.
This week's winner will meet the Belgium-Kazakhstan victor in the
quarterfinals in April.
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