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Davis Cup round one summary

They may be Olympic champions but it just wouldn't happen for Federer and Wawrinka (credit: SEBASTIEN FEVAL/AFP/Getty Images)

USA's whitewash of Switzerland caught the headlines over an enthralling weekend of Davis Cup tennis.

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We started with sixteeen, now only eight remain to battle it out for the 2012 Davis Cup trophy. The weekend began with much talk about Roger Federer's chances of finally winning the competition but his hopes were ground down into the Swiss clay by an inspired American side who went on to inflict a humiliating 5-0 whitewash. John Isner will long treasure his four set win over Federer on day one which effectively ended the home side's chances.

Elsewhere David Nalbandian showed that there's still life left in the old dog at 30 as he inspired Argentina to an emphatic 4-1 win over Germany while Spain crushed minnows Kazakhstan 5-0 with the equivalent of their reserve team.

Sweden did well to avoid the whitewash against Serbia, managing to nick the doubles rubber but the 2010 champions still eased to a convincing 4-1 win.

Tomas Berdych's Czech Republic side showed that they'll be a threat again this year, destroying Italy 4-1 but it was the end of the road for Kei Nishikori's Japan. They pushed Croatia to the wire but Nishikori's straight sets defeat to Ivo Karlovic on day one ultimately proved costly as the Croats sneaked home.

And Austria produced the weekend's only real upset, making Russia pay for the bizarre decision to rest Mikhail Youzhny from the singles. Jurgen Melzer won both his rubbers to help his country to a 3-2 win.


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