Swiss take 2-0 lead behind Federer
Playing four days after his five-set loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open final, Federer shook off two break points in the opening game and was never in trouble against the 64th-ranked Bolelli.
Federer, who struggled with his serve in the U.S. Open final, had 10 aces to go with 35 winners.
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"With the jet lag and surfaces change and playing here in Italy away, I knew it was always going to be a tough match," said Federer, who improved his Davis Cup record to 36-11.
"We knew these were key matches, and that we were able to get both gives us a great opportunity on the weekend," Federer said.
Seppi and Bolelli wore black armbands to mourn six Italian soldiers killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on Thursday.
The winner of the best-of-five series will return to the World Group next year.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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