9/16/12 4:12 PM | Ricky Dimon
Roger Federer sends Switzerland into the 2013 Davis Cup World Group by taking care of Robin Haase in straight sets on Sunday in Amsterdam. Federer's victory finishes off the tie 3-1 in favor of the visiting Swiss squad.
Roger Federer's 2013 Davis Cup campaign did not get off to an encouraging start earlier this year. But he did what he does best in Davis Cup on Sunday--saving Switzerland from relegation.
Federer clinched the playoff tie against the Netherlands for his Swiss team as he cruised past Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on the clay courts of Amsterdam. The world No. 1 struck seven aces and saved all seven of the break points he faced to prevail in a mere one hour and 38 minutes.
Haase had four break opportunities in the first set, two in the second, and one in the third. The 50th-ranked Dutchman dropped his own serve twice in the opener, but he managed to make the last two sets competitive before Federer closed out each one with service holds at 5-4.
"It's always nice to play for a home crowd," said Haase, who had never faced Federer. "Then to play the best of the world at the moment was a great experience.... He was serving really well and also with his returns he was going for it much more than he was in the match (against Thiemo De Bakker) on Monday. The break points I had today, I had no chance at all."
"For me it's about taking part with my teammates," Federer explained. "I enjoy being with my teammates. My teammates are always my best friends."
When asked if a holiday is next for Federer, he replied, "Absolutely I need a holiday badly. I'm wounded. I'm tired and exhausted. I need some time off right now. Nothing is decided for the rest of the year. Even though there's a plan in place, that plan might change."
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