Czechs knock Federer, Swiss from Davis Cup elite

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PRAGUE, Sep 23 (Reuters) Switzerland were knocked out of the World Group for the first time since 1994 after they were beaten 3-2 by the Czech Republic in their Davis Cup playoff tie today.

World number one Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 7-6 7-6 6-3 to bring Switzerland level but Radek Stepanek beat Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 6-3 7-6 in the final rubber to give the Czechs the winning point.

Federer conserves his energy these days for grand slam titles and the ATP Tour but comes to the rescue of the Swiss when they face dropping out of the Davis Cup top flight.

Even though the 26-year-old won both of his singles matches, his efforts were not enough and Switzerland will have to start the next Davis Cup season in Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

REUTERS AB PM0026

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