Federer and Chiudinelli suffer Davis Cup defeat

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The Netherlands hit back from two singles defeats to claim a doubles victory over Swiss duo Roger Federer and Marco Chiudinelli in their Davis Cup World Group play-off on Saturday.

Federer and Wawrinka had given the home side the perfect start on Friday with two singles wins but the Dutch duo of Matwe Middelkoop and Thiemo de Bakker kept the tie alive with a battling 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory over the returning Federer and partner Chiudinelli.

The Swiss duo seemed to be on track for victory after coming back from a first-set tie-break loss to take the next two sets pretty comfortably, but Middelkoop and de Bakker finished far the stronger of the two teams.

In other play-off results, Czech Republic took a 2-1 lead over India, Adam Pavlasek and Radek Stepanek pulling off a fairly straightforward 7-5 6-2 6-2 victory over Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes.

Italy also got their nose in front against Russia, and will take a 2-1 lead into the final day after Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini defeated Evgeny Donskoy and Konstantin Kravchuk 7-5 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2).

The USA now lead Uzbekistan 2-1 after Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson completed a 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustiv.

Poland also lead Slovakia 2-1 thanks to Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski, who saw off Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay 6-3 6-4 6-4.

The play-off ties conclude on Sunday with the deciding two singles matches.