Swiss Davis Cup Team Captain Severin Luthi insists his team gave its best against Slovakia but it just wasn't meant to be for them. The Swiss team, which was weakened by the absence of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, failed to clinch a spot in next year's Davis Cup qualifying round after losing 3-1 to Slovakia.
"We‘re disappointed to have lost like this, we just did not find the right solutions. I know that everyone tried, now we need to analyze how we can improve," Luthi said, per Swiss Tennis Twitter. Norbert Gombos, ranked at No.
117 in the world, put up a big performance against world No. 110 Henri Laaksonen as he demolished the Swiss 6-1 6-1 to bring the crucial third point to his team. The two sides were tied after the opening day as Swiss world No.
286 Sandro Ehrat stunned Martin Klizan in the opening rubber of the tie, before Slovakia's Andrej Martin beat Laaksonen. The guests took a 2-1 lead after Filip Polasek and Igor Zelenay handed a straight-set loss to Jerome Kym and Laaksonen.