Federer cruised to a 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3 victory over 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev, then ran across the court to embrace team captain Severin Luethi.
“We’re very relieved and very happy,” said the 32-year-old Federer, who has never won a Davis Cup title. “It was a long weekend with a lot of tennis.”
“Stan gave me the chance to play again today. It was a pleasure,” Federer said in French in a courtside interview in front of the 15,000-plus crowd at the Palexpo indoor arena
Switzerland will host Italy in the semifinals on Sept. 12-14.
“The last thing I want is to talk about it, to think about it, to discuss about it. There’s a certain time and place to do that,” Federer said at a news conference. “The only hope I always have is that we will be healthy.”
Federer converted his first match point when his opponent could not return the serve.
He also won in straight sets in Friday’s opening singles against 56th-ranked Kukushkin.
Wawrinka then used service breaks in the fifth game of the second set and opening game of the third to take control.
He forced the decisive break at 4-4 in the fourth, with a forehand crosscourt return for a winner.
Wawrinka clinched the match with his 25th ace.
Federer now takes a four-week break from competition, and is due to return at the Madrid Masters.
Asked where the Davis Cup figures in the season plans, Federer said: “We have other priorities from now on, which are the Masters 1000s coming up, the clay-court season, then we’ll see when September rolls around.”
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