Davis Cup: Federer Beats Tomic, Qualifier Tied 2-2
SYDNEY — Roger Federer defeated Bernard Tomic 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday to move Switzerland level with Australia at 2-2 in their Davis Cup World Group qualifying playoff.
That meant the last match between Lleyton Hewitt and Stanislas Wawrinka will determine which country advances to the elite 16-team World Group next year.
On a grass court at Royal Sydney Golf Club, swirling winds and hot conditions played havoc with the players and appeared to inflame the temper of Australia captain Pat Rafter, who complained to chair umpire Alexandre Juge over a let cord alarm that kept going off incorrectly.
Rafter, a two-time U.S. Open champion and former Davis Cup stalwart for Australia, said "take it off now or I'll rip the bloody thing off."
By AP, 18/09/2011