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Tennis: Wawrinka stunned in Davis Cup, Czechs on course for semis

Published on Apr 5, 2014 12:54 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka suffered a shock defeat to unheralded Kazakh Andrey Golubev in the Davis Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

The world number three was stunned 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) by 64th ranked Golubev as Kazakhstan took an early 1-0 lead over the Swiss in Geneva.

The result, achieved in just under three and a quarter hours, revived bad memories for Wawrinka who lost both his matches - a singles and a doubles rubber - in a 5-0 whitewash victory for Kazakhstan over Switzerland in Astana in 2010.

It means the pressure is squarely on 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, the world number four, ahead of his opening rubber against Mikhail Kukushkin.

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