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Federer beats De Bakker in Davis Cup playoff

Top-ranked Roger Federer overpowered 159th-ranked Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead over the Netherlands in their Davis Cup World Group playoff on Friday.

The match was played on a temporary outdoor clay court in Amsterdam in wet and windy conditions that made serving tough for both players.

Robin Haase was playing Stanislas Wawrinka in the day's match.