Expectations were high for the French team in the Davis Cup final. But the Swiss team, consisting of world numbers 2 and 4 Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka proved too strong in the end.
After the first day, things looked still promising. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost the opener in four sets to Stan Wawrinka, but Gael Monfils beat Roger Federer in three sets. On Saturday, Tsonga withdrew on very short notice from the doubles. Richard and Julien Benneteau could not stop the Swiss pair.
With Tsonga still not playing, the full burden fell on Richard against Roger Federer. Richard gave all he had, but while Federer had shown some weaknessess on Friday, he was in full flow on Sunday and ensured the DC title for Switzerland.