GENEVA -- Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka each have Grand Slam singles titles, and Olympic gold together in doubles. Kevin Trapp Jersey . Now they can win Switzerlands first Davis Cup trophy in the competitions 114-year history. Federer carried the Swiss to a first final in 22 years, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy in the opening reverse singles Sunday for a winning 3-1 lead in their semifinal. France will host the final on Nov. 21-23. Federer celebrated with skipping jumps across the court on completing a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) win against the 17th-ranked Fognini. "Its fabulous to share in this moment," Federer said in an on-court interview after being hoisted on the shoulders of Wawrinka and captain Severin Luethi for a lap of honour round the court. Their celebrations delighted a noisy 18,000-plus crowd at Palexpo indoor arena. Switzerland reached the final only once before, in 1992 against a United States team of Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras. "Its nice that we are going to have the opportunity to do something very special at the end of the year," Federer said at the winning teams news conference. In Federers only previous Davis Cup semifinal 11 years ago, he lost a decisive reverse singles match against Lleyton Hewitt in Australia. At age 33, Federer now has his best chance to add one of the few titles to elude him. Third-ranked Federer and No. 4 Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, should face a strong France team, injuries permitting. Frances 4-1 victory over two-time defending champion Czech Republic this weekend featured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ranked No. 12, Gael Monfils the No. 18, and No. 21 Richard Gasquet. All three officially live in Switzerland. "For sure it can be amazing if we get that trophy, but it will be tough," said Wawrinka, who has had a career year at age 29. Federer is intrigued if the French will use its home-team advantage to opt for clay or hard courts, potentially in Lille. "We are eager to find out what surface they are going to choose," Federer said. "I think its difficult for them as it is." On Sunday, Federer was rarely troubled to improve to 3-0 against Fognini, who again failed to win a set off his opponent. The key point in the tiebreaker was Federers forehand crosscourt return of serve for a winner to lead 5-4. He followed with an ace, and then won a rally on Fogninis serve when the Italian netted a forehand. Federer was rarely troubled in the first set after firing an ace to save a break-point chance in his second service game. He broke Fogninis service to lead 4-2 and clinched when the Italian was frustrated by more service trouble with double faults and a foot fault. A rare failure of Federers forehand saw three break-point chances slip in Fogninis opening service of the second set. Federer forced a 5-3 lead when Fognini netted a forehand and slammed his racket to the floor. The Italian right-hander played his best tennis yet in a dynamic rally to save Federers first set-point chance, before failing to handle the next service. Fognini raised his play in the third set, forcing four break-point chances which Federer saved, and punching the air when good defence won a key point on his own serve. In a series of longer rallies, Fogninis varied play moved Federer around the court but could not create a decisive break. With Federer falling just short in the Grand Slams this season, the Davis Cup could yet cap his season. "Its true its a great year so far," Federer said. Timo Werner Germany Jersey . Although Spain could still advance out of the group stage, the game may have signalled the end of the run by a generation of Spanish stars whose quick passing, "tiki-taka" style delighted the world and helped them win the last three major tournaments. 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Smith finished a rough 2-of-17 from the field but shined on the other end, leading an effort that held Anthony without a basket in the first half and a 5-of-21 shooting performance for the game. Anthony got on track late to end with 13 points, and New York cut a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit down to two before ultimately being dealt a second loss in as many nights. Tim Hardaway Jr. paced the Knicks with 20 points while filling the sixth-man role of J.R. Smith, suspended for the game for striking Washingtons Glen Rice Jr. in the groin on Tuesday. Jason Smith contributed 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting for New York, which received 15 points each from Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire. The Pistons built a 49-37 lead at halftime behind their prowess on the boards and Anthonys struggles, then extended the margin to as high as 18 points in the third quarter after Jonas Jerebko buried a triple following a Monroe tip- in to make the score 72-54 with under two minutes left in the period. Detroit remained on cruise control for much of the fourth quarter, owning an 89-74 advantage with less than five minutes left before the Knicks came storming back. Stoudemire scored the first seven points of a 12-2 run capped by Hardaways layup off a turnover that trimmed the lead to 91-86 with 2:08 to go. Joshua Kimmich Jersey. . It was a 97-94 game when Hardaway drained a long three with 7.3 seconds to play, and Caldwell-Pope missed twice from the line on the ensuing possession to give New York a chance at a tie. Shumpert was fouled before getting off a shot, however, and made just 1-of-2 from the stripe to bring the Knicks within two. His desperation 3-point try from well beyond half-court was well off the mark at the buzzer, and came after Brandon Jennings hit 1-of-2 foul shots for the final score. An 8-0 run spurred by the bench enabled the Pistons to gain separation early in the second quarter. D.J. 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The Pistons entered the game last in the NBA in 3-point percentage (21.9 percent) ... Hardaways father, Tim Sr., currently serves as a Pistons assistant under Van Gundy ... Anthony was coming off an 8-of-23 shooting effort in Tuesdays loss to Washington ... Augustin and Jennings each finished with 12 points. ' ' '
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