GENEVA (AP)—Roger Federer has taken Switzerland to its first Davis Cup final in 22 years, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy in the opening reverse singles Sunday for a winning 3-1 lead in their semifinal.
Federer celebrated with skipping jumps across the court on completing a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) win against the 17th-ranked Fognini.
”It’s fabulous to share in this moment,” Federer said in an on-court interview after being hoisted on the shoulders of teammate Stan Wawrinka and captain Severin Luethi for a lap of honor round the court.
Their celebrations delighted a noisy 18,000-plus crowd at Palexpo indoor arena.
Switzerland will play at France in the final on Nov. 21-23. The French beat two-time defending champion Czech Republic this weekend.
Switzerland has never won the 114-year-old competition, and lost its only final in 1992 against a United States team of Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras.
In Federer’s only previous Davis Cup semifinal 11 years ago, he lost a decisive reverse singles match against Lleyton Hewitt in Australia.
”After the difficult defeat in 2003 we had another chance this year,” Federer said.
Federer improved to 3-0 against Fognini, who again failed to win a set off the third-ranked Swiss.
The key point in the tiebreaker was Federer’s forehand crosscourt return of serve for a winner to lead 5-4. He followed with an ace, and then won a rally on Fognini’s serve when the Italian netted a forehand.