Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Huge congratulations to the Swiss Davis Cup team

I was feeling very Swiss as I felt my home country's pride for their sporting heroes at the weekend as Roger Federer pummelled Richard Gasquet to win the Davis Cup for Switzerland for the first time ever.

The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men's tennis. It is run by the International Tennis Federation and contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format. The competition began in 1900 as a challenge between Great Britain and the United States and more than 130 nations now enter teams into the competition.

Having secured his country’s first victory in the 114-year history of the team competition by beating Gasquet in straight sets, it was a true triumph for Federer after he was forced to pull out of the final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London with a back injury just a week before. Federer came through his third match in as many days without a hint of any physical problems to win 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Gasquet had replaced the French No 1, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who aggravated an arm injury while losing to Stan Wawrinka on day one of the tournament

Switzerland have now become only the 14th nation to win the Davis Cup in 114 years - they were runners-up in 1992.

A huge well done Switzerland – it's so great to see such a small, committed country win on such a sprawling international stage.

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