Stanislas Wawrinka has won the final match of the Davis Cup tie against Australia to qualify Switzerland for the World Group at the Davis Cup next year.
In a match suspended by darkness on Sunday, Wawrinka and Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt returned to the court on Monday with Wawrinka leading 5-3 in the fifth set. He needed just four minutes to finish the match, promptly breaking Hewitt’s serve to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-3.
It is the first time Switzerland has beaten Australia in a Davis Cup tie.
Roger Federer evened the tie at 2-2 with Australia earlier on Sunday when he beat Bernard Tomic in four sets. The Swiss doubles team of Federer and Wawrinka – the current Olympic champions – had been beaten on Saturday by Hewitt and Chris Guccione in the doubles.
The Davis Cup World Group consists of 16 teams. Switzerland lost its place in the group last year, beaten by Kazakhstan in the playoffs.
Australia has been seeking to regain its place since 2007.
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