Tennis: Federer, Swiss lose Davis Cup doubles match to Netherlands

AP , Monday 21 Sep 2015

Roger Federer and late replacement Marco Chiudinelli missed a chance to seal Switzerland's victory in a Davis Cup relegation playoff on Saturday, losing a five-set doubles match to the Netherlands

Roger Federer
Switzerland's Marco Chiudinelli, left, and his double partner Roger Federer, right, look down , during their double match of the Davis Cup World Group Play-off round match between Switzerland and Netherlands, at the Palexpo, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 (Photo: AP)

Dutch pair Thiemo De Bakker and Matwe Middelkoop rallied from a set down to win 7-6 (7), 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 after Federer's regular partner Stan Wawrinka scratched citing fatigue.

Switzerland leads 2-1 with second-ranked Federer due on court at Palexpo arena in the first of Sunday's reverse singles against No. 144 De Bakker.

If Federer loses, Wawrinka is scheduled to play 436th-ranked Jesse Huta Galung in a decisive fifth match.

The hard-court series decides which nation stays in the 16-team World Group next year.

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