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Federer bounces back in Davis Cup

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  • Roger Federer helped Switzerland take a 2-0 lead over Italy in the Davis Cup
  • The world number one defeated Simone Bolleli in straight sets in Genoa
  • Spain have a 2-0 lead over Israel as they edged closer to a place in the final
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(CNN) -- Roger Federer quickly put the disappointment of his defeat in the U.S. Open final behind him as he helped Switzerland take a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie with Italy on Friday.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer helped Switzerland to take a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie with Italy.

Federer cruised to a straight sets victory over world number 64 Simone Bolleli as he showed little signs of fatigue following his loss to Juan Martin Del Potro, winning 6-3 6-4 6-1.

Earlier, Swiss teammate Stanislas Wawrinka eased to a 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory over Andreas Seppi in the first match of the World Group play-off in Genoa.

Federer said he was pleased to able to get Switzerland off to a good start.

"Given the circumstances, I am extremely happy with my performance," he told the Davis Cup Web site.

"We have expected it much tougher today, but of course, we are very happy to have such a great start which gives us all the options for the weekend."

Defending champions Spain have one foot in the final after they opened up a 2-0 lead over Israel, with world No. 19 David Ferrer defeating Harel Levy 6-1 6-4 6-3 in Murcia.

With Spain missing the injured Rafael Nadal, Israel would have fancied their chances but Juan Carlos Ferrero also claimed victory over rising star Dudi Sela, winning 6-4 6-2 6-0.

Netherlands and France finished level at 1-1 after the first day of their play-off tie.

Thiemo De Bakker upset Gael Monfils in the first rubber but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled the countries level with a predictable three-set win against Jesse Huta Galung, triumphing 7-6 6-2 7-6.

Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki won their opening singles rubbers in contrasting fashion on Friday to give Serbia a 2-0 lead against Uzbekistan in their play-off clash.

Tipsarevic beat Denis Istomin 6-2 5-7 6-1 6-4 in the opening rubber, while Troicki scraped a 6-4 3-6 6-3 46 6-2 victory over Farrukh Dustov to put Serbia in a commanding position ahead of the doubles

India took a 2-0 lead in their play-off tie against South Africa, after Rohan Bopanna came back from a set down against Rik De Voest to win the second rubber 2-6 6-4 6-2 6-4 after Somdev Devvarman had eased to a straight sets victory over Izak Van Der Merwe.

World No. 11 Robin Soderling brought Sweden back level 1-1 with Romania after he demolished Victor Crivoi 6-2 6-1 7-5 in just one hour and 23 minutes.

Earlier, Romania had taken the lead after Andreas Vinciguerra retired with an injury at two sets to love down against Victor Hanescu.

Chile took a 2-0 lead against Austria on clay at Rancagua, with Nicolas Massu beating Jurgen Melzer 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 and Paul Capdeville defeating Stefan Koubek 6-4 6-4 3-6 1-6 6-4.

Brazil were level at 1-1 with visiting Ecuador in Porto Alegre, with Nicolas Lapentti winning 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 7-5 after his younger brother Giovanni lost 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to home No. 1 Marcos Daniel.

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