Switzerland reach Davis Cup semis

  • Last Updated: April 6 2014, 20:07 BST

Switzerland's hopes of a first Davis Cup title remain alive after Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer clinched a tense victory over Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals.

Federer: Helped Switzerland to win
Federer: Helped Switzerland to win

The illustrious Swiss pair were on the verge of a shock loss in Geneva after losing Saturday's doubles to trail 2-1.

Wawrinka, who lost to Andrey Golubev on Friday, appeared to be finding life as number one tough but he dug deep to recover from a set down and beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-4 6-4.

That drew Switzerland level and left Federer facing a deciding rubber for the first time in his career against Golubev.

The Kazakh had been the player of the tie but upsetting the 17-time grand slam champion proved beyond him as Federer triumphed 7-6 (7/0) 6-2 6-3.

Switzerland's first semi-final in 11 years will be at home in September against Italy, who also came from 2-1 down to beat Great Britain in Naples.

France managed an even more impressive comeback after turning around a 2-0 deficit to beat Germany 3-2.

Victory in the doubles had kept France's hopes alive after two shock singles wins for Germany on the first day in Nancy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made a fine start to the final day by beating Tobias Kamke 6-3 6-2 6-4.

France captain Arnaud Clement replaced Julien Benneteau with Gael Monfils for the deciding rubber and the talented 27-year-old repaid his faith with a 6-1 7-6 (7/0) 6-2 victory over Peter Gojowczyk, who had beaten Tsonga on Friday.

In the last four France will meet two-time defending champions the Czech Republic, who wrapped up a 5-0 win over Japan.

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