Swiss put rubber stamp on Davis Cup victory

Switzerland has beaten Belgium by four rubbers to one in a Davis Cup play-off series, with the home team already gaining promotion to the World Group on Saturday.

This content was published on September 21, 2008 - 16:57

In Sunday's two singles matches, Stéphane Bohli replaced world number two Roger Federer in the first dead singles rubber in Lausanne, and defeated Steve Darcis 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to put Switzerland up 4-0.

Xavier Malisse then defeated Yves Allegro 6-3, 6-2 to put Belgium on the board, the tie ending 4-1 in Switzerland's favour.

In earlier matches giving the Swiss an unassailable 3-0 victory, Federer and Stanislas Warinka both won their singles matches and then enjoyed victory in the doubles match on Saturday.

Federer said he felt honoured and proud to represent Switzerland but was still unable to commit to the Davis Cup for 2009 and beyond.

"I don't know yet but it looks good," he said. "On Tuesday we will know the draw; that's going to answer many questions.

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