Federer ties the Davis Cup series for Switzerland.

Australia gave themselves a fighting chance of returning to the Davis Cup World Group after splitting their singles matches with Switzerland on Friday but will wonder what could have been after Lleyton Hewitt eyed off an improbable victory over Roger Federer. Rising star Bernard Tomic started the tie in style with a four-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka before the unlikely started to look possible with Hewitt a set and a break up over the 16-time Grand Slam champion. But class prevailed in the second singles match as Federer fought his way back from 3-1 down to claim a 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2 6-3 victory. Hewitt has little to be unhappy about though, his spirited play rendering his world ranking of No.199 meaningless and the former world No.1 will fancy his chances against the disappointing Wawrinka on Sunday.

The Swiss No.2 had started brightly against Tomic, mixing up his play and even managing a number of successful forays to the net. But the lanky Tomic loosened up after the first set, playing the kind of grasscourt tennis that took him to the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year. His mix of touch, flat shots and moments of pure power nullified anything the world No.19 could come up with and the 18-year-old registered a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-3 win.

Much will now hinge on Saturday’s doubles match with Hewitt and Chris Guccione slated to to play Federer and Wawrinka.



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