• Wawrinka gives Switzerland 1-0 Davis Cup lead

    2/1/13 6:28 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Wawrinka gives Switzerland 1-0 Davis Cup lead Stanislas Wawrinka takes care of Lukas Rosol in straight sets on Friday in Geneva. Wawrinka's win gives Switzerland a 1-0 lead over the Czech Republic.

    Stanislas Wawrinka put host Switzerland ahead of the Czech Republic 1-0 in their first-round Davis Cup after handling Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Wawrinka needed one hour and 41 minutes to win the opening tie on the indoor hard court of Geneva.

    Coming off a strong showing at the Australian Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic 7-5 in the fifth set of a fourth-round thriller, Wawrinka wasted no time taking control of this one. The Swiss donated serve once in the opening frame of play, but he more than made up for it with two breaks of his own--the second of which came at 5-4.

    From there it was full steam ahead for Wawrinka, who held his serve the entire rest of the way. The world No. 17 surrendered a mere three service points in the entire second set before fighting off two break points in the third. He clinched victory with a final hold at 5-4.

    "For sure it was not easy," Wawrinka assured. "I was nervous in the beginning. I was trying to find my game. Three sets is really important, really good, and I was happy with the way I played at the end."

    Tomas Berdych will look to even the tie for the defending cup champions when he goes up against Henri Laaksonen

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