Would there be anything sweeter for Roger Federer than strutting into nemesis Rafael Nadal’s homecountry of Spain and beating him on his own red clay in Davis Cup?
We’ll see on March 5-7, 2010, as Switzerland has been drawn to visit Spain in the first round of next year’s Davis Cup.
“I truly enjoy playing for my country but I’ll also have to see where I have my priorities for next season,” Federer said after leading Switzerland to victory over Italy this month and keeping the Swiss in the World Group. “Of course, there are the Grand Slams but there is also [maintaining the] No. 1 [ranking], which is a bit of a dilemma. Like in the other years, I will see after the Australian Open how I feel and if I play the first round.”
In their six-year rivalry the Swiss and Spaniard have never faced each other in Davis Cup competition.
Federer has historically let the Swiss squad flounder in World Group play, then swooped in to save them from falling out of the World Group Qualifying, as he did this month. Now with a strong No. 2 player in Stan Wawrinka, Federer could have the impetus to attempt to capture his first Davis Cup for Switzerland in 2010.
Other match-ups in the first round of the 2010 Davis Cup World Group are Germany at France, India at Russia, Argentina at Sweden, Ecuador at Croatia, USA at Serbia (Andy Roddick vs. Novak Djokovic), Israel at Chile, and Czech Republic at Belgium.
Spain will likely enter the tie versus the U.S. as two-time defending Davis Cup champions. They host the Czechs this December in the 2009 Davis Cup final on red clay, where Nadal is expected to again keep the Cup in Spain.
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