The 17-time Grand Slam champion gave Switzerland its first title in the team competition and added the only big trophy in tennis missing from his collection.
The 33-year-old Federer and Stan Wawrinka had put Switzerland into a 2-1 lead Saturday with a straight-sets defeat of Gasquet and
Federer was thrashed by
"I'm happy I was able to stay calm and play a good match, and I'm really happy for the guys in the team, everybody worked incredibly hard to get me match ready," Federer said. "Stan has put in so much effort over the years and played an unbelievable weekend that gave me the opportunity today. I'm very much aware of that, this one is for the boys."
It took 15 years for the former top-ranked Federer to achieve glory in the Davis Cup after making his debut in the prestigious event in 1999. He fell on his knees after converting his first match point and laid face down on the court before hugging team Coach Severin Luthi and his teammates.
"It's not for me, I've won enough in my career and did not need to tick any empty boxes," Federer said. "I'm just happy for everybody else. I'm happy we could live a great tennis historic moment in our country."
A favorite of fans when he plays at the
That did not prevent him from taking control of the match from the start. The Swiss hit an ace that traveled at 210 kph (130 mph) to win his first service game and never looked back.
Moving well and varying with his backhand, Federer gave a tennis masterclass to Gasquet, who was overwhelmed in the rallies and struggled to read his opponent's serve throughout.
“He was not unbeatable today, but he only made a few mistakes,” said Gasquet, who replaced the injured
Federer broke in the third game after hitting a subtle forehand half-volley and a stunning forehand passing shot, letting out a resounding "Come On!"
He kept piling pressure on his French rival with aggressive return games and closed out the set by holding at love, having lost just four points on his serve in the whole set.
Gasquet was made to pay for his mistakes at the start of the second set and handed another break to Federer when he netted a backhand in the net. The Frenchman gave an incredulous look when Federer hit a superb backhand return to move 0-30 on Gasquet's serve in the seventh game before earning three break points with a stunning forehand. Gasquet saved the first, but went long on the second.