After a day that saw the Swiss take a commanding 2-0 lead in their play-off against the Netherlands, the pairing of Roger Federer and Marco Chiudinelli suffered a five-set defeat to the Dutch team of Matwe Middelkoop and Thiemo de Bakker thus keeping the final of the contest wide open between the two teams.
Federer and Chiudinelli lost the first set in a tie-break in 44 minutes, but took the next two sets 6-4, 6-4. Middelkoop and de Bakker rebounded in the fourth set to clinch in 6-4 as well, before routing the Swiss in the fifth set 6-1 in merely 30 minutes.
The entire match lasted three hours and 20 minutes, with each team hitting two aces and two double faults. Sunday's reverse singles rubbers will feature Roger Federer who will play Thiemo de Bakker and Stan Wawrinka, who will take on Jesse Huta Galung.
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