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Tired Federer turns to Davis Cup duties

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  • Roger Federer to play in three rubbers of Switzerland's Davis Cup play-off tie in Italy
  • World No. 1 arrived in Genova just 32 hours after epic U.S. Open final defeat
  • He will play both singles and doubles as Swiss seek to return to World Group
  • Spain host Israel in this weekend's semifinals, while Croatia play Czech Republic
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(CNN) -- Roger Federer has an immediate chance to bounce back from his epic U.S. Open final defeat after being named to play in three rubbers of Switzerland's Davis Cup tie in Italy this weekend.

Roger Federer is fired up to help the Swiss return to the main World Group draw of the Davis Cup.

Roger Federer is fired up to help the Swiss return to the main World Group draw of the Davis Cup.

The world No. 1, upset by Juan Martin Del Potro in five sets in New York on Monday night, will play two singles matches and also the doubles as the Swiss seek to return to the World Group with victory in the Genova play-off.

He arrived in the Ligurian city on Wednesday with his family, coach and Swiss captain Severin Luthi just 32 hours after failing in his bid for a sixth consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.

"I enormously like to play for Switzerland and all the players in the team are my good friends. Moreover, I had already to pull out in the first round (against the USA)," Federer told the official Davis Cup Web site.

"Of course, I feel tired and it's not easy because it's also a new surface and different balls, but I hope I still believe I have a little bit left in the tank. I hope I can win my match on Friday against Bolelli and contribute a point."

He will play in Friday's second singles match against Simone Bolelli, the world No. 64, after compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka opens the match against Andreas Seppi -- Italy's highest-ranked player at 59th.

Federer and Wawrinka will team up in Saturday's doubles against Fabio Fognini and Potito Starace, then will both again play in Sunday's reverse singles.

The Italians have won nine of their last 10 home ties, losing only to a star-studded Spain line-up.

Defending champions Spain face Israel in the semifinals this weekend without the services of world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who has an abdominal injury, and ninth-ranked Fernando Verdasco, who is having foot surgery.

Spain captain Albert Costa has opted to rest his third-highest ranked player, Tommy Robredo for the singles, with the world No. 16 to contest the doubles with Feliciano Lopez.

David Ferrer will take Harel Levy in Friday's opening singles on the red clay of the hosting golf resort near Murcia, while Juan Carlos Ferrero is up against Dudi Sela.

Sela has reached a career-high 29th in the world rankings this year, and his matches against former world No. 1 Ferrero and Ferrer on Sunday could be key to the tie's outcome, especially with Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram favored to win the doubles.

In the other semifinal, Croatia host the Czech Republic on indoor clay in the northern city of Porec in the first meeting between the two Eastern European nations.

Big-serving Ivo Karlovic takes on Czech No. 1 Radek Stepanek in Friday's opening singles tie, while Marin Cilic will hope to build on his fine run at the U.S. Open -- where he reached the quarterfinals after beating Andy Murray -- when he faces Tomas Berdych.

In the doubles, Croatia's Roko Karanusic and Lovro Zovko are scheduled to play former U.S. Open doubles winner Lukas Dlouhy and Jan Hajek, though both pairs hinted that the line-ups may be later switched.

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