9/14/12 4:51 PM | Ricky Dimon
Roger Federer takes care of Thiemo De Bakker in straight sets on Friday in Amsterdam. Switzerland has a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup playoff tie as it now turns to No. 2 player Stanislas Wawrinka.
Switzerland leads the Netherlands 1-0 in their Davis Cup World Group Playoffs tie after Roger Federer downed Thiemo De Bakker 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday afternoon. Federer broke serve five times to silence the Dutch crowd and prevail in just one hour and 42 minutes.
Wet, windy conditions to go along with a funny-bouncing clay court made life tough for both competitors. It will by no means go down as one of Federer's great performances, but he got the job done and never looked troubled in the process.
Each of the first two sets saw the top-ranked Swiss donate serve once, but he made up for it with two breaks of his own both times. De Bakker, who missed most of 2011 and has spent much of this year on the Challenger circuit, at least played his way into a number of entertaining points and appeased his home fans.
Federer made sure to finish off the proceedings in short order, which he did by saving the only break point he faced in the third set. A final service hold at 5-4 put Switzerland on the scoreboard.
De Bakker wrapped up his commendable effort with 47 winners and 33 unforced errors. Federer recorded a clean 57 winners to only 17 mistakes. The tie now features Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Robin Haase in a crucial second rubber.
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