Tennis: The defending champions Switzerland are level 1-1 with the hosts Belgium at the end of the day 1 of the first round World Group Davis Cup tie at the Country Hall du Sart Tilman in Liège, Belgium. Switzerland had won first their first ever Davis Cup crown of the history in November last year, but this year their top players have less motivation as they have already won the title, so they were without Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka. Hosts Belgium also rested their No.1 David Goffin in the first rubber and gave a chance to World No.
132 Ruben Bemelmans against World No.344 Henri Laaksonen. The Belgian won the first set easily 6-1 and second set in tie-break 7-6(5) to go two sets to love up. But then Laaksonen won the next three sets 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 to give Switzerland 1-0 lead after 2 hours and 56 minutes match.
This was his first Davis Cup World Group active rubber win and third overall. Belgium No.2, World No.102 Steve Darcis stepped up in the second tie and outplayed Michael Lammer in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 to level it for his side.
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