The Davis Cup was beyond Roger Federer’s reach for another year, while defending champion Spain, Argentina, the Czech Republic and United States advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Federer played the first round this week for the first time in eight years, and hand-picked the indoor clay-court in Fribourg believing it to be better suited to Switzerland than the visiting Americans. But after losing his singles to John Isner on Friday, Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the Olympic doubles champions, lost to Mardy Fish and Mike Bryan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to end the tie as a contest.
Other 3-0 winners were Spain over Kazakhstan, 2011 runner-up Argentina over Germany, and the Czechs against Italy.
France took a 2-1 lead over Canada after the doubles in Vancouver, and Croatia led host Japan 2-1.
The Davis Cup was the only major silverware missing from Federer’s trophy cabinet, and he had only praise for the Americans’ effort in front of a hostile crowd.
“They did really well and got the victory they deserved,” he said. “We did have our chances but maybe they were just a touch better than us again today.”
Fish, who played nearly 4 and a half hours on Friday to beat Wawrinka in the opening sinlges, was comfortable pairing with Bryan for only the second time, and a second win in Davis Cup.
Bryan, who usually plays with his twin brother Bob, improved his Davis Cup doubles record to 20-2.
Champs on track
In Oviedo, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, partners for the first time in the competition, eased past Kazakh pair Evgeny Korolev and Yuriy Schukin 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to secure Spain’s win.
Spain has won three titles in the last four years, led by Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, but none of the foursome will be available this year, leaving Spain vulnerable away from home, where it hasn’t lost a tie since 1999. Next up will be either Austria or Russia.
Serbia beat Sweden
Nis, Serbia: Janko Tipsarevic beat Michael Ryderstedt of Sweden in straight sets Sunday to send Serbia through to the Davis Cup quarterfinals against the Czech Republic.
Tipsarevic won 6-2, 7-6 (5), 7-5 to give Serbia an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The Serbians won the two opening singles matchesmatch and played without top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who is resting.