Lille to host France-Switzerland Davis Cup final

Roger Federer, centre, of Switzerland, lifted by Swiss Davis Cup Team captain Severin Luethi, left, and Stanislas Wawrinka, right, of Switzerland, celebrates after winning against Italy, at the Davis Cup World Group Semifinal between Switzerland and Ita
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PARIS (AP) The Davis Cup final between France and Roger Federer's Switzerland will be held at the 27,000-capacity Pierre Mauroy stadium in the northern French city of Lille.

Inaugurated in 2012, the stadium has a retractable roof which will be closed throughout the Nov. 21-23 final.

The surface for the final will be announced by Monday, the FFT said in a statement Friday.

France is third on the list of all-time winners behind Australia and the United States, and bidding for a 10th Davis Cup title. Switzerland is looking for its first.

''All of France waits with impatience for this final,'' FFT president FFT President Jean Gachassin said. ''I am particularly happy that it will be played before a record attendance in the beautiful city of Lille.''

France lost the 2010 final 3-2 against Novak Djokovic's Serbia and the 2002 final at home to Marat Safin's Russia by the same score.

The Swiss lost 3-1 in the 1992 final against the U.S.

Led by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, France beat two-time defending champion the Czech Republic 4-1 in the semifinals, while Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka and Federer helped Switzerland beat Italy 3-2.

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