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Tennis: Switzerland trail Kazakhs, Murray puts Britain on brink

Published on Apr 6, 2014 8:53 AM
Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka (bottom left) returns a ball next to Roger Federer (bottom right) during their Davis Cup quarter-final tennis match against Andrey Golubev (top left) and Aleksandr Nedovyvesov of Kazakhstan in Geneva on April 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

(REUTERS) - Roger Federer's hopes of adding a Davis Cup winners' medal to his vast collection of silverware were hanging by a thread on Saturday after Switzerland fell 2-1 behind to Kazakhstan in their World Group quarter-final tie.

The 17-times grand slam champion teamed up with Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday but the Swiss duo were stunned by Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev, losing 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(6) in Geneva.

Britain, however, are on the brink of a first semi-final appearance in the team competition since 1981 after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and fellow Scot Colin Fleming won their doubles against Italy in Naples to move 2-1 ahead.

In Nancy, another home side, France are in trouble against Germany although they kept their last eight clash alive on Saturday when Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau beat rookie pair Tobias Kamke and Andre Begemann.

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