Swiss stroll, Czechs level in Davis Cup


PARIS: France, Switzerland and Britain enjoyed perfect starts to their Davis Cup World Group first round ties on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as Czech Republic made a stuttering start to their three-peat bid. Roger Federer and newly crowned Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka put the Swiss 2-0 up in Serbia to leave last year’s beaten finalists on the brink of an early elimination. Australia too were heading for the Davis Cup exit after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet were on target for France. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and James Ward won their opening singles matches in San Diego as Great Britain pushed the United States to the brink on the opening day. In Ostrava, the Czechs were left facing an uphill battle when the Netherlands’ Robin Haase saw off Radek Stepanek 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-1.


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