Andreas Seppi guided Italy into the first finals of the revamped Davis Cup after beating India 3-1 in the world group qualifier.
World number one Novak Djokovic recorded a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6) win over Italy's Andreas Seppi in the third round of the Australian Open.
Roger Federer claimed his 15th career title on grass, coming just over a week away from Wimbledon, where he will be bidding to win an eighth time.
Roger Federer may have exited Australian Open in the third round but he has won too often in recent months, and even recent weeks, for any reasonable tennis observer to take his Melbourne performance as a confirmation that the end should be nigh.
Roger Federer made his earliest exit from Australian Open in 14 years when he suffered a four-set loss to Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in the third round.
Andreas Seppi had never beaten Roger Federer in 10 previous meetings. On Friday at Australian Open, the Italian stunned the Swiss Grand Slam maestro.
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi went down 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 6-7 (5-7) against the unseeded Italian pair of Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi here Tuesday.
The eighth-seeded Argentine converted only two of his 11 break points and needed four match points to close out Seppi, saying he got a bit nervous toward the end.
Seppi, who went the distance to beat Denis Istomin in the previous round, has now won all seven of the five-set matches in 2013 dating back to the Australian Open in January.
France's Michael Llodra retired from his second round Wimbledon match with Italian 23rd seed Andreas Seppi on Thursday, taking the total of pullouts to 11 at the tournament.
Ferrer dispatched Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-4, while Wawrinka ended the run of Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta as the second seed posted a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win in a match marred by complaints about on-court coaching from the Spaniard's box.
In the women's event, third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No. 4 Carla Suarez Navarro will meet in the final on Saturday.
Federer will tackle Tomas Berdych, the world number six from the Czech Republic who has continued to cope well with a schedule requiring him to travel 3,000 miles from Marseille where he contested the final on Sunday.
When Federer found a couple of extra gears, taking the next two sets in less than three-quarters of an hour, a 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 win brought him prolonged applause as well.
Chardy's previous best performance at a major was his fourth-round appearance at the French Open in 2008, when he lost to Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.
After the match, Djokovic made his way to sign autographs for youngsters at the side of the court. But as fans clamoured to get the Serbian star's attention the barrier holding them back fell onto his legs.
Second seeded Italian Andreas Seppi battled from a set down to see off fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil to win the ATP Kremlin Cup title on Sunday.
French top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga comfortably defended his Metz title on Sunday with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Italian fifth seed Andreas Seppi.