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Fantastic start by Federer

Federer has kept the Swiss flag flying in Moscow Keystone

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has got this weekend's Davis Cup tie against Russia off to a great start with a straight sets win over Russian world number seven Marat Safin.

This content was published on February 8, 2002 - 12:54

Currently ranked 13th in the world himself, Federer stunned Safin and the Moscow crowd with a near-perfect display on the Swiss star's least favoured clay surface.

After winning an evenly balanced first set 7-5, Federer needed just 53 minutes more to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-2, giving Switzerland a 1-0 lead in the five-match tie.

Swiss number two Michel Kratochvil will now attempt to double the lead in his singles match against world number four Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

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