- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014

NOVI SAD, Serbia (AP) - Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic won the reverse singles Sunday to cushion Switzerland’s triumph over Serbia to 3-2 in their Davis Cup first round World Group tie.

Switzerland had already secured the match with its doubles victory on Saturday. On Friday, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka both won their singles matches and pulled out of the reverse singles.

Lajovic beat Michael Lammer 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to win Serbia’s first point of the match. The 102nd-ranked Lajovic is Serbia’s top player in the absence of Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki.

“I am glad I won at least this one point for Serbia,” said Lajovic, who was beaten by Wawrinka on Friday.

Filip Krajinovic beat Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 6-4.

Serbia’s coach Bogdan Obradovic expressed hope that Serbia’s top players will return to the team “and we will once again be what we truly are - a leading team in the Davis Cup.”

Switzerland will face Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals in April, while Serbia dropped to the playoffs in September.



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