Federer, Wawrinka lead Swiss

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka led Switzerland to a 2-0 lead against the Netherlands in Friday’s Davis Cup World Group Playoff. The Swiss maestro overcame wet and windy conditions to defeat De Bakker 6-3 6-4 6-4, while teammate Wawrinka fought through a tougher match to defeat Robin Haase 6-3 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4). The 2008 Olympic gold medalists will team up in the doubles match tomorrow, looking to clinch the tie against Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer.

Federer spoke afterward about the match and light rain/windy conditions. “On the serve, it can play tricks on you,” Federer said of the gusty wind. “The ball, after you tossed it, it was moving away from you and you had to adjust the whole time. So to find a way to move the serve was pretty difficult.”

It’s OK, no problem,” he said. I mean, I’d prefer a sunny day, who wouldn’t? But this is a challenge as well.”

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