Swiss backups complete 4-1 Davis Cup win
Switzerland’s backup singles players complete a 4-1 victory over Belgium in a Davis Cup World Group playoff on Sunday.22 September 2008
LAUSANNE -- Switzerland sent in its backup singles players Sunday to complete a 4-1 victory over Belgium in a Davis Cup World Group playoff.
Stephane Bohli beat Steve Darcis 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, before Xavier Malisse gained a consolation point for Belgium with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Yves Allegro.
Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka were rested Sunday. They combined for Switzerland to win the two singles matches Friday and Saturday's doubles, making the reverse singles rubbers dead in the best-of-five tie.
Switzerland regained a place in the 16-nation World Group after being demoted in 2007.
The 126th-ranked Bohli beat Darcis on the hardcourt surface of the indoor Malley arena despite the Belgian being 68 places above him.
The 25-year-old Swiss improved his record in Davis Cup singles matches to 4-2. The 24-year-old Darcis fell to 1-4.
Malisse was making his first appearance in Davis Cup singles for more than four years.
The 28-year-old has had persistent injury troubles since reaching a Wimbledon semi-final in 2002, and dropped to No. 163. However, Malisse had little trouble defeating Allegro, a 30-year-old doubles specialist, in straight sets.
Earlier in the tie, ninth-ranked Wawrinka beat Darcis in five sets, then Federer, the U.S. Open champion, beat No. 95 Kristof Vliegen in straight sets.
The Swiss pair then revived their Olympic gold medal-winning doubles partnership from Beijing last month to beat Malisse and Olivier Rochus in four sets.
[AP / Expatica]