The Switzerland Davis Cup team represents Switzerland in the Davis Cup tennis competition and is governed by Swiss Tennis.

Switzerland
Flag of Switzerland.svg
CaptainSeverin Lüthi
ITF ranking12 Steady (17 September 2018.)
Highest ITF ranking2 (24 November 2014)
ColorsRed & white
First year1923
Years played85
Ties played (W–L)160 (76–84)
Years in
World Group
23 (13–22)
Davis Cup titles1 (2014)
Runners-up1 (1992)
Most total winsRoger Federer (52–18)
Most singles winsRoger Federer (40–8)
Most doubles winsJakob Hlasek (15–10)
Best doubles teamJakob Hlasek/
Marc Rosset (7–5)
Markus Günthardt/
Heinz Günthardt (7–5)
Most ties playedHeinz Günthardt (30)
Most years playedHeinz Günthardt
Roger Federer (15)

In 2007, Switzerland competed in the World Group for the 13th consecutive year – the third longest ongoing streak – before being relegated after losing 3–2 against the Czech Republic.

Switzerland, with 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and three-time Grand Slam champion and then-reigning Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka on the team, won its first Davis Cup title in 2014.

Current squadEdit

Team representing Switzerland in 2018 (first round vs Kazakhstan)
Player Age Win–Loss 2018 Win–Loss total First
year
Ties Ranking
Sin Dou Tot Sin Dou Tot Sin Dou
Henri Laaksonen 25 0–1 0–0 0–1 6–6 1–2 7–8 2013 8 118 N/A
Adrian Bodmer 22 0–2 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–3 2017 2 467 338
Marc-Andrea Hüsler 21 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2018 1 601 323
Antoine Bellier 21 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–3 2016 2 704 621
Luca Margaroli 25 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–2 2017 2 846 160

Age and rankings as of 15 January 2018.

HistoryEdit

Switzerland competed in its first Davis Cup in the 1923. They won the Davis Cup title for the first time in 2014, defeating France in the final by three rubbers to one, Roger Federer's victory over Richard Gasquet in the first reverse singles rubber clinching the title for the Swiss.

Switzerland has reached one other final, losing to the USA in 1992, as well as being semifinalists in 2003, and quarterfinalists in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004.

CaptainsEdit

1992 campaignEdit

Tennis became extremely popular in Switzerland in 1992. First, Marc Rosset and Jakob Hlasek won the 1992 French Open title in doubles. Marc Rosset went on to win the Olympics singles title in Barcelona. The Davis Cup campaign completed this exceptional year for Swiss tennis. The team was led by Marc Rosset and Jakob Hlasek and completed by Claudio Mezzadri and Thierry Grin. It lost the final 3-1 to a tough United States team consisting of Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe.

After a comfortable 4-1 win against the Netherlands in The Hague, Switzerland traveled to the Arena of Nîmes to play France on clay in the quarterfinals. The Roman amphitheater was semi-covered for this event. Switzerland won 3-2 and recorded its first victory against a French team when Jakob Hlasek scored the decisive point against French clay-court specialist Thierry Champion.

The semifinal against Brazil (won 5-0) in the Geneva Palexpo established a new world record for the largest attendance at an indoor tennis event at that time (15,000 people). The tie was played on an extremely fast Taraflex court, which favoured the fast serving Marc Rosset against Brazilian players traditionally used to play on much slower clay courts. Brazil had shocked Germany and Italy in the previous rounds, both played in Brazil. The Swiss team was mostly concerned about Jaime Oncins, who was featuring a 9-0 record in Davis Cup before the semifinal. Oncins had also reached the quarterfinals of the Olympics a few months earlier. Oncins did not win a single set in Geneva. The tie was decided after the doubles rubber with a straight-set win by Hlasek and Rosset against the experienced pair of Fernando Roese and Cássio Motta.

 
Switzerland
5
Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland[1]
25–27 September 1992
Hard (i)
 
Brazil
0
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Marc Rosset
Jaime Oncins
6
3
7
5
7
5
     
2  
 
Jakob Hlasek
Luiz Mattar
6
2
6
3
65
77
6
3
   
3  
 
Marc Rosset / Jakob Hlasek
Cássio Motta / Fernando Roese
6
3
6
4
6
3
     
4  
 
Jakob Hlasek
Jaime Oncins
6
4
6
2
       
5  
 
Marc Rosset
Luiz Mattar
77
62
6
3
       

The final was played in Fort Worth, Texas. Switzerland fired their captain Roland Stadler after the semifinals for reasons which remain unclear. He was replaced by former player and multiple Swiss champion Tim Sturdza. Andre Agassi put the United States 1-0 ahead with a very clear win over Jakob Hlasek in which Hlasek only won a total of five games in three sets. Marc Rosset levelled the game with a hard-fought win over Jim Courier, whom he had beaten in the Olympics the same year. The doubles proved to be the turning point of the tie. After the Swiss won the two first sets 7-6, John McEnroe managed to fire up Pete Sampras, who had been hardly there during the two first sets. The United States won the third set 7-5, and then took the two remaining sets easily. On Sunday, Courier secured the title for the United States with a four-set win against Hlasek.

 
United States
3
Tarrant County Center, Fort Worth, United States[2]
4–6 December 1992
Hard (i)
 
Switzerland
1
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Andre Agassi
Jakob Hlasek
6
1
6
2
6
2
     
2  
 
Jim Courier
Marc Rosset
3
6
711
69
6
3
4
6
4
6
 
3  
 
John McEnroe / Pete Sampras
Jakob Hlasek / Marc Rosset
65
77
68
710
7
5
6
1
6
2
 
4  
 
Jim Courier
Jakob Hlasek
6
3
3
6
6
3
6
4
   
5  
 
Andre Agassi
Marc Rosset
          not
played

The fifth rubber between Andre Agassi and Marc Rosset was not played. Annoyed by Agassi's behaviour during the tie (especially some alleged verbal aggression against Hlasek), Rosset later stated that he was ready to "explode Agassi" in the fifth rubber and that this would have been the kind of game that would have excited him a lot. One year later, Rosset faced Agassi in Indian Wells and beat him.

2003 campaignEdit

The Swiss team in 2003 had the particularity to have a playing captain in the person of 1992 Olympic champion and Davis Cup finalist Marc Rosset, who partnered Federer in the doubles against France (QF) and Australia (SF). The 2003 team further included Michel Kratochvil and George Bastl. The team had to play its three matches away from home.

After a very tight first round in Arnhem, Netherlands (Michel Kratochvil won the decisive rubber against Martin Verkerk). Switzerland recorded a convincing win against France in Toulouse during which Rosset and Federer showed their strength as a doubles team, and Federer outplayed Fabrice Santoro in the fourth rubber.

For the semifinal, Switzerland had to travel to the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to face Australia with Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, and doubles specialists Todd Woodbridge and Arthurs. After the expected wins of Hewitt against Kratochvil and Federer against Phlippoussis, the doubles appeared to be the turning point, very much like in the 1992 final. Federer and Rosset lost in five sets, and Federer then had to play Hewitt for survival. After Federer won the first two sets 7-5 and 6-2, Hewitt fought back and won the next three sets. This is still considered one of Federer's most painful defeats, and he was still in tears many hours after the game.

 
Australia
3
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia[3]
19–21 September 2003
Hard
 
Switzerland
2
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Lleyton Hewitt
Michel Kratochvil
6
4
6
4
6
1
     
2  
 
Mark Philippoussis
Roger Federer
3
6
4
6
63
77
     
3  
 
Wayne Arthurs / Todd Woodbridge
Roger Federer / Marc Rosset
4
6
77
65
5
7
6
4
6
4
 
4  
 
Lleyton Hewitt
Roger Federer
5
7
2
6
77
64
7
5
6
1
 
5  
 
Todd Woodbridge
Michel Kratochvil
4
6
        retired
 

For the final, Switzerland would have faced Spain in the Bern Arena, which was already booked to receive the event.

2014 campaign and victoryEdit

After the failed attempt of 2003, Switzerland never came really close to a semifinal until 2014. However, 2014 suddenly became the year of great hopes when Federer declared himself available for the first round of the World Group against Serbia, who was playing without its best players Novak Djokovic (exhausted after the Australian Open), Janko Tipsarević (injured), and Victor Troicki (suspended). Also, the Swiss Team now comprised for the first time two Grand Slam champions after Wawrinka won the Australian Open 2014.

The draw for the World Group looked quite favourable for the Swiss, with a quarterfinal against Kazakhstan or Belgium and possibly a semifinal against Italy (led by Fabio Fognini) or Great Britain (led by Andy Murray).

Switzerland won the first round against a Serbian "B-Team" 3-2 in Novi Sad. The game was decided 3-0 on Saturday already after Chiudinelli and Lammer made the winning point in the doubles.

For the quarterfinal, Switzerland faced Kazakhstan in Geneva. A poor performance by Wawrinka (lost his first singles and the doubles) almost caused the elimination of the Swiss team, so that Federer had to play a deciding fifth rubber (after Wawrinka had regained his form to win the fourth rubber) against Golubev, which he won. With this victory, Roger Federer succeeded Jakob Hlasek as the Swiss player with most singles wins (35).

For the semifinal against Italy, a new record attendance for a Swiss tennis game was set with a public of 18,400 in the Geneva Palexpo. All tickets were sold out in less than three hours. Captains Severin Lüthi and Corrado Barazzutti called the following players:

Switzerland: Roger Federer (ATP 3), Stan Wawrinka (ATP 4), Marco Chiudinelli (ATP 161), Michael Lammer (ATP 497).

Italy: Fabio Fognini (ATP 17), Andreas Seppi (ATP 48), Simone Bolelli (ATP 76), Paolo Lorenzi (ATP 78).

For the Swiss team, Yann Marti (ATP 209) was called as a fifth player, acting as a sparring partner. He was allowed to wear the team uniform for the first time and to stay with the team the whole week.

Both Federer and Wawrinka won their first singles in straight sets and were first expected to play together in the doubles on Saturday. However, due to his fatigue after the US Open, Federer asked not to play in order to be fresh in case he needed to play on Sunday. Wawrinka had to play the doubles with Chiudinelli, and they lost in five sets to Fognini and Bolelli. This was the third defeat of the Wawrinka and Chiudinelli in three Davis Cup matches. They had already lost together against Italy in 2009.

For the decisive rubber on Sunday, Roger Federer faced Fognini and won in straight sets, qualifying Switzerland for its second final.

 
Switzerland
3
Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland[4]
12–14 September 2014
Hard (i)
 
Italy
2
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Roger Federer
Simone Bolelli
77
65
6
4
6
4
     
2  
 
Stan Wawrinka
Fabio Fognini
6
2
6
3
6
2
     
3  
 
Stan Wawrinka / Marco Chiudinelli
Simone Bolelli / Fabio Fognini
5
7
6
3
7
5
3
6
2
6
 
4  
 
Roger Federer
Fabio Fognini
6
2
6
3
77
65
     
5  
 
Michael Lammer
Andreas Seppi
4
6
6
1
4
6
     

For the final against France, Switzerland had to travel to Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille. The local football stadium, the Stade Pierre-Mauroy was transformed into a tennis stadium for this occasion, with a capacity of 30,000. The French decided to play on a clay court. This choice was mostly due to the fact that both Federer and Wawrinka were participating in the ATP World Tour Finals on a hard court a week before the Davis Cup final. However, French captain Arnaud Clément stated that the surface would not necessarily be an advantage for France. France started practicing on the court 10 days before the final, while Federer and Wawrinka were playing in London on a hard court.

Initially, the French team also evoked the possibility of organizing the final in one of their Overseas Territories to impose a massive jet lag on Federer and Wawrinka, both playing the ATP World Tour Finals in London one week before the Davis Cup final. Gilles Simon mentioned the city of Nouméa in New Caledonia as a potential venue.[5]

The previous memorable campaigns of 1992 and 2003 also saw the Swiss team play against France abroad. Both games ended with a Swiss victory (1992: QF won 3-2 in Nîmes; 2003: QF won 3-2 in Toulouse). At the same time, these were the only two Swiss victories in 12 encounters with France.

The preparation of the Swiss team for the final was overshadowed by the back injury of Roger Federer. He was playing at the London Masters the week before and won the semifinal in a very tight match against Wawrinka, during which he injured his back. He subsequently had to withdraw from the final against Novak Djokovic, and he was unable to practice until the late evening of Wednesday before the final. This left Federer with very limited practice time for the transition from hard court (on which he played in Paris and London) to the clay court in Villeneuve-d'Ascq. The French team had no injury to report and prepared during 10 days on clay before the final.

The captains nominated the following players:

France: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP 12), Gaël Monfils (ATP 19), Julien Benneteau (ATP 25), Richard Gasquet (ATP 26).

Switzerland: Roger Federer (ATP 2), Stan Wawrinka (ATP 4), Marco Chiudinelli (ATP 212), Michael Lammer (ATP 508).

Federer's injury triggered discussions about the possible late nomination of a substitute. Yann Marti (ATP 227) was considered as a replacement, clay being his favourite type of court. Finally, Federer's health improved, and no further nomination was made.

Despite a good end of season (runner-up in the ATP 1000 Shanghai), Gilles Simon, who had a better ranking than Benneteau and Gasquet (ATP 21), was left out of the French team. This was probably due to his bad previous results in Davis Cup and his inability to win decisive games in this competition.

With Federer's fourth-round victory over Gasquet in the reverse singles rubber, Switzerland secured its first Davis Cup trophy.[6][7]

 
France
1
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France[8]
21–23 November 2014
Clay (i)
 
Switzerland
3
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Stan Wawrinka
1
6
6
3
3
6
2
6
   
2  
 
Gaël Monfils
Roger Federer
6
1
6
4
6
3
     
3  
 
Julien Benneteau / Richard Gasquet
Roger Federer / Stan Wawrinka
3
6
5
7
4
6
     
4  
 
Richard Gasquet
Roger Federer
4
6
2
6
2
6
     
5  
 
Gaël Monfils
Stan Wawrinka
          not
played

From 2015 until relegationEdit

After winning the Davis Cup for the first time, titleholder Switzerland travelled to Belgium for the first round. Both Federer and Wawrinka announced that they would not play. Therefore, captain Severin Lüthi called the following players:

Yann Marti (ATP no. 294), Adrien Bossel (ATP no. 324), Henri Laaksonen (ATP no. 344) and Michael Lammer (ATP no. 541). Marco Chiudinelli (ATP no. 226) was still recovering from an injury and was not called.

This was the first selection for both Marti and Bossel.

The tie was overshadowed by the decision of Yann Marti to leave the team after the captain had decided not to nominate him for the Friday singles. Marti left the team on Friday with only three players available for the tie. Switzerland lost the tie 3-2 (despite Henri Laaksonen's winning both his singles), and Marti was heavily criticized in Switzerland. The president of Swiss Tennis even stated that he would never tolerate Marti's presence on the team again and that he would prefer to play in the continental zone with serious people, than in the World Group with Marti.

Michael Lammer announced his retirement after the Belgium tie.

The Swiss team secured its spot in the World Group by winning the play-off game against the Netherlands 4-1 in Geneva. Both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka played the tie. They both needed to play one Davis Cup tie during the year in order to guarantee a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2016, Switzerland faced Italy abroad for the first round, without Federer and Wawrinka. The captain called Laaksonen, Chiudinelli, Bossel and a newcomer from Geneva, Antoine Bellier. Switzerland lost 5-0. Chiudinelli and Wawrinka were not called for the play-off in Uzbekistan, while Federer was taking a long break to recover from a knee injury, so that Switzerland had to play again with a B team, led by Laaksonen and Bellier. The tie was played on a clay court in Tashkent. Switzerland won 3-2 and confirmed its spot in the World Group.

In 2017, The Swiss B team (Laaksonen, Chiudinelli, Bellier, Bossel) lost the first round 5-0 to the United States in Alabama. It was the second 5-0 in a row for the US team against Switzerland, after they had won 5-0 against a team with Federer and Wawrinka in Fribourg in 2012. Switzerland maintained its spot in the World Group with a 3-2 win on home soil. Chiudinelli won both singles including the decisive fifth game. This was also his last game for the Swiss Davis Cup Team and he retired from professional tennis a few months later.

2018 relegationEdit

In 2018, Switzerland got relegated for the first time after 2010. First with a loss to Kazakhstan abroad and to Sweden 3-2 at home.

The Davis Cup format then changed as of 2019 and Switzerland was allowed to play a qualifying round to try to access the new Davis Cup finals format. Switzerland lost against Russia at home and was confirmed as a relegated nation to Europa zone. On this occasion, team leader Laaksonen lost both his singles. Switzerland then competed in the Europe zone group I and lost abroad against Slovakia (3-1) after team leader Laaksonen again lost his two singles and the doubles, without showing any signs of rebellion.

Since 2020: outside of the eliteEdit

For the 2020 edition, Switzerland faced Peru in Lima in a qualifying round to stay in what would now be called World Group I, one level below the teams allowed to compete for the title of world champion. This was the first tie ever between the two nations.

Home venues since 1992Edit

The memorable semifinal of 1992 marked the beginning of a love story between the Swiss team and the Palexpo in Geneva. It is by far the most frequently used venue for home ties and can be considered the Swiss temple of tennis. Notably, the Palexpo also staged the Laver Cup in 2019, with the participation of Federer.

1. Geneva, Palexpo: 10 ties (1992, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014 (QF and SF), 2015)

2. Neuchâtel, Patinoires du Littoral: 3 ties (1999, 2001, 2013)

3. Biel, Swiss Tennis Arena: 3 ties (2017, 2018, 2019)

3. Fribourg, Forum: 2 ties (2005, 2012)

4. Lausanne, Patinoire de Malley: 2 ties (2004, 2008)

5. Zurich, Saalsporthalle: 2 ties (1998, 1999)

6. Bern, PostFinance Arena (2011), Kreuzlingen (2008), Geneva, Arena (2006), Basel, St. Jakobshalle (2001), St. Gallen, Kreuzbleichhalle (2000), Locarno, FEVI (1997), Olten, Stadthalle (1996): 1 tie

ResultsEdit

1990–1999Edit

2000–2009Edit

2010sEdit

Year Competition Date Location Opponent Score Result
2010 World Group, First Round 5–7 Mar   Logroño   Spain 1–4 Lost
World Group, Play-offs 14–16 Sep   Astana   Kazakhstan 0–5 Lost
2011 Europe/Africa Group, Quarterfinals 8–10 Jul   Bern   Portugal 5–0 Won
World Group, Play-offs 16–18 Sep   Sydney   Australia 3–2 Won
2012 World Group, First Round 10–12 Feb   Fribourg   United States 0–5 Lost
World Group, Play-offs 14–16 Sep   Amsterdam   Netherlands 3–2 Won
2013 World Group, First Round 1–3 Feb   Geneva   Czech Republic 2–3 Lost
World Group, Play-offs 13–15 Sep   Neuchâtel   Ecuador 4–1 Won
2014 World Group, First Round 31 Jan–2 Feb   Novi Sad   Serbia 3–2 Won
World Group, Quarterfinals 4–6 Apr   Geneva   Kazakhstan 3–2 Won
World Group, Semifinals 12–14 Sep   Geneva   Italy 3–2 Won
World Group, Final 21–23 Nov   Lille   France 3–1 Champion
2015 World Group, First Round 6–8 Mar   Liège   Belgium 2–3 Lost
World Group, Play-offs 18-20 Sep   Geneva   Netherlands 4–1 Won
2016 World Group, First Round 4–6 Mar   Pesaro   Italy 0–5 Lost
World Group, Play-offs 16–18 Sep   Tashkent   Uzbekistan 3–2 Won
2017 World Group, First Round 3–5 Feb   Birmingham   United States 0–5 Lost
World Group, Play-offs 15–17 Sep   Biel/Bienne   Belarus 3–2 Won
2018 World Group, First Round 2–4 Feb   Astana   Kazakhstan 1–4 Lost
World Group, Play-offs 14–16 Sep   Biel/Bienne   Sweden 2–3 Lost
2019 Qualifying Round 1–2 Feb   Biel/Bienne   Russia 1–3 Lost
Europe/Africa Zone Group I, 1st round 13–14 Sep   Bratislava   Slovakia 1–3 Lost

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Switzerland v Brazil". daviscup.com.
  2. ^ "United States v Switzerland". daviscup.com.
  3. ^ "Australia v Switzerland". daviscup.com.
  4. ^ "Switzerland v Italy". daviscup.com.
  5. ^ http://rmcsport.bfmtv.com/tennis/simon-veut-jouer-a-noumea-834182.html
  6. ^ "Tears of joy from Roger Federer as Switzerland win Davis Cup". Guardian. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Roger Federer, Switzerland win first Davis Cup title". USA Today. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  8. ^ "France v Switzerland". daviscup.com.

External linksEdit