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Wawrinka gives Switzerland first blood in final

Wawrinka was more consistent than French number one Tsonga in front of a record 27,432 crowd.

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland reacts after winning against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the first single match of the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland, at the Stadium Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France, 21 November 2014. Picture: EPA.

LILLE - Stan Wawrinka survived a second-set wobble to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 and give Switzerland a 1-0 lead over hosts France in the Davis Cup final on Friday.

World number four Wawrinka was more consistent than French number one Tsonga in front of a record 27,432 crowd at the Pierre Mauroy stadium.

World number two Roger Federer, who missed training early this week due to a back injury, takes on Gael Monfils in the second singles later on Friday.

The doubles will be played on Saturday and the reverse singles on Sunday.

France, who last triumphed in 2001, are looking to win the Davis Cup for the 10th time while Switzerland are seeking their maiden title.

Wawrinka breezed through the opening set, relying on his accurate one-handed backhand to unsettle Tsonga, who had trouble finding his range with his usually booming forehand.

The Swiss bagged eight points on his way to a double break, sealing the set when Tsonga sent a forehand long.

The Frenchman faced a break point in the opening game of the second set but saved it with a smash.

Wawrinka then lost his sharpness and served a double fault to hand his opponent a 3-1 lead.

Tsonga held serve throughout and clinched the set with a service winner.

But he lost the momentum, conceding a break for 4-2 by spraying another forehand wide and Wawrinka sealed the set on his second opportunity with a crosscourt backhand winner.

Wawrinka piled on the pressure and a backhand volley earned him a break in the first game of the fourth set, which he firmed up with another break for 5-2 with a backhand winner.

The Australian Open champion, who hit 61 winners to Tsonga's 39, wrapped it up on his first match point with a routine volley following yet another charge to the net.