Britain face US in Billie Jean King Cup final after rain delays ends

Rio Tinto Arena, Rio de Janeiro: Olympic champions Great Britain will face the United States in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup on Saturday. US Open tennis to return to New York…

Britain face US in Billie Jean King Cup final after rain delays ends

Rio Tinto Arena, Rio de Janeiro: Olympic champions Great Britain will face the United States in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup on Saturday.

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The win secures a semi-final clash with Russia on Friday in which the teams will be made up of five mixed teams after the usual four reserves were unable to play due to heavy rain in Rio de Janeiro.

Britain was through the elimination stages before the waterlogged outside courts at the Olympic stadium were re-opened following the conclusion of the men’s quarter-finals to make way for the final day’s matches, which were held up.

But there was an early let-down for Roger Federer, the heavy favourite in the men’s doubles with Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli, as they went down 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to French champions Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.

From there the lead up to the first mixed doubles match was held up by the rain in a tournament delayed by more than two weeks.

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