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With Federer, Switzerland Wins First Davis Cup

  • Craig Gabriel

Swiss coach Severin Luthi (L) and Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrate after Federer defeated France's Richard Gasquet in the Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Nov. 23, 2014.

Swiss coach Severin Luthi (L) and Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrate after Federer defeated France's Richard Gasquet in the Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Nov. 23, 2014.

He has won all the Grand Slam tennis titles, the ATP Tour finals multiple times, an Olympic gold medal - and during his career spent 302 weeks as the No. 1 ranked player in the world. But until Sunday, 33-year-old Roger Federer of Switzerland had never won a Davis Cup championship. Federer scored the decisive point in the best-of-five match Davis Cup by beating Richard Gasquest of host France in straight sets.

On the indoor red clay court in Lille, tennis history was made as Switzerland became the 14th different nation to win the Davis Cup.

Roger Federer played a match of stunning proportions to beat Richard Gasquet in the first reverse singles, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, and that was the third point the Swiss needed, having come into the final day with a 2-1 advantage over France. Gasquet was not scheduled for the reverse singles, but an injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was not able to play.

But the way Federer played, even if the Frenchman had been fit, it would have been like climbing the Swiss Alps. Federer never faced a break point in the match. He was so dominating.

"Everything feels a bit slightly different, but at the end it's a tennis match. You feel great emotions. You're unbelievably happy and relieved. It's definitely one of the better feelings in my career, no doubt about it, and it's so much nicer to celebrate it all together," said Federer.

On a personal point, this was the only major trophy that had eluded Federer.

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