Davis Cup: Roger Federer & Stan Wawrinka put Swiss in control

Roger Federer
Federer has never reached the Davis Cup final with Switzerland

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both recorded straight-sets victories to give Switzerland a 2-0 lead over Italy in the Davis Cup semi-final in Geneva.

Federer beat Simone Bolelli 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4 while Wawrinka defeated Italy number one Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-3 6-2.

Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also won their semi-final singles to give France a 2-0 lead over defending champions Czech Republic.

Gasquet beat Tomas Berdych while Tsonga defeated Lukas Rosol in Paris.

Switzerland and France close in on final
Switzerland have reached the Davis Cup final once, losing to the United States in 1992
France last reached the final in 2010, when they lost to Serbia

Playing indoors, world number three Federer and Australian Open champion Wawrinka can clinch a 3-0 series victory in Saturday's doubles, which would send Switzerland into their first Davis Cup final in 22 years.

Italy defeated Great Britain in April's quarter-final in Naples.

"It was quite frustrating at times," said Federer. "But I am happy overall, it was important to get that point."

At the French Open venue Roland Garros, it took Gasquet two hours and eight minutes to beat Berdych 6-3 6-2 6-3 in the first semi-final singles match on Friday.

Tsonga then despatched Rosol 6-2 6-2 6-3 in just over one hour and a half to put France one win away from a place in the final.

"This was one of my best wins ever,'' said Gasquet. ''The atmosphere was great, this is the Davis Cup, at Roland Garros, and I beat a top player.''