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Switzerland lead Australia 2-1 in Davis Cup tie

Switzerland has taken a 2-1 lead in its Davis Cup tie against defending champions Australia. Roger Federer and Lorenzo Manta (pictured above) beat the Australian pairing of Wayne Arthurs and Sandon Stolle in four sets.

This content was published on February 5, 2000 - 18:52

Switzerland has taken a well-earned 2-1 lead in its Davis Cup tie against defending champions Australia in front of an ecstatic home crowd in Zurich.

After dropping the first set, Roger Federer and Lorenzo Manta went on to dominate the match, beating the Australian pairing of Wayne Arthurs and Sandon Stolle 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

The Swiss pair started the match nervously behind strong serving from Arthurs. But they recovered in the second second set as Federer began to show the kind of form that upset Mark Philippoussis in the opening singles on Friday. The Swiss pair broke to go 5-3 up and then held onto their serve.

Gaining confidence in the third set, as a noisy, cow-bell-ringing crowd got behind them, Fedrer and Manta broke the Australians at the first opportunity. The contest was closer in the fourth, which went to a tie-break after the Australians twice dropped set points. Manta grabbed the match for Switzerland with a blistering serve that Stolle could only send into the net.

Switzerland's win sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting clash between 18-year-old Federer and Australia's teenage sensation, Lleyton Hewitt, in the opening reverse singles on Sunday.

By Michael Mullane



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