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21 April 2014

Swiss to host semifinal in Geneva


Photo: Fresh FocusThe Palexpo in Geneva

The Swiss Tennis Federation has decided to host its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal against Italy at the Palexpo in Geneva.

It is the same venue that was used to stage the quarterfinal tie against Kazakhstan earlier this month.

The semifinal, which will take place on 12-14 September, is sure to be played in front of a full home crowd numbering some 18,000.

The surface for the tie is still to be confirmed.

Switzerland has used the Palexpo twice in recent years and both times the ties have been memorable.

The quarterfinal that was held there earlier this month saw Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer fight back from 1-2 down to clinch a spot in the semifinals.

Last year, the Palexpo was also the venue used to stage the first round tie against Czech Republic, in which the crowd witnessed the second-longest tennis match ever as the doubles rubber lasted more than seven hours.

With Federer and Wawrinka clearly in fine form (the pair contested an all-Swiss final at the ATP event in Monte Carlo on Sunday) Swiss fans could see their team book a place on just its second ever Davis Cup Final.

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