Back in 2014, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka joined forces to lead Switzerland towards the first and only Davis Cup trophy. Staying in the World Group for the next four years as well, this small tennis nation couldn't do much without help from the leading two figures, losing all five ties since 2018 and dropping out from the top-two tiers for the first time in a couple of decades.
On Friday and Saturday, Switzerland played in Peru in World Group I Play-Offs and suffered an expected 3-1 loss despite a solid effort from the entire team that couldn't count on Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka. In the first rubber, Juan Pablo Varillas defeated Sandro Ehrat 7-6, 7-6 in just over two hours, overcoming a break deficit in both sets to grab them in the tie break and deliver the first point for his country.
Henri Laaksonen brought the first and only triumph for the European squad a the Club Lawn Tennis de la Exposicion in Lima, beating Nicolas Alvarez 6-4, 6-4 with three breaks in total, controlling the pace and keeping is country in contention ahead of Saturday's deciding rubbers.
In the doubles clash, Jorge Brian Panta and Sergio Galdos prevailed against Sandro Ehrat and Luca Margaroli 7-5, 7-6 in an hour and 50 minutes, fending off two set points in the opening set and another one in the thrilling second set tie break before they grabbed it 10-8 on the third match point to push Peru 2-1 in front before the singles matches.
In the battle of the players who earned victories on Friday, Juan Pablo Varillas took down Henri Laaksonen 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 to secure the third win for Peru and wrap up the tie. There were no breaks of serve in the deciding set and home player claimed the tie break 7-3 to finish the job and propel Peru into the Davis Cup World Group I.