Roger Federer Will Play Davis Cup This Weekend, Is He Finally Eyeing The Title?
by Staff | January 29th, 2014, 12:09 pm
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In a surprise move, Roger Federer has decided to play Davis Cup this weekend. The announcement came earlier today via the Davis Cup twitter account.

Federer, who hasn’t played in Davis Cup since September 2012 and has only played once in the first round since 2002, will join newly-minted Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka for Switzerland’s first round away tie against Serbia in Novi Sad on indoor hardcourts.

With Wawrinka now ranked No. 3, is the 32-year-old Federer finally targeting a Davis Cup title, one of the few missing trophies from his mantle? Or is he playing to maintain his Olympic eligibility?

Serbia will be without Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki so the Swiss will be heavily favored, although Djokovic, per the Serbian captain, could change his mind and play.

In the quarterfinals they’d again be a big favorite against either Belgium or the Kazakhs.

The semis, however, would be a much tougher test. Post-US Open Switzerland would likely have to travel to the USA, Great Britain or make the long flight to Argentina. Argentina on the clay would be problematic especially if Juan Martin del Potro is healthy, but the USA and Great Britain are very winnable if Federer and Wawrinka do play.

Both of Federer’s main rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won Davis Cup titles.


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55 Comments for Roger Federer Will Play Davis Cup This Weekend, Is He Finally Eyeing The Title?

SG1 Says:

Who wouldn’t want Switzerland’s Davis Cup team? Their 1-2 punch is awesome.


Brando Says:

Switzerland is favorite to win this year.


Chico Says:

Was expected. The Maestro new Stan has earned some rest. But still, further proof Fed is reasonably healthy.


Josh Says:

@Brando – What about Czech and Spain?


Brando Says:

@Josh:

I don’t really pay much attention TBH to DC but:

- SPAIN: Won’t beat Germany without Rafa or Ferru.
- CZECH: I forgot about them.

I still think WAWA and FED give 4 tough matches anywhere and we know they can play Doubles well.

Favorites for me based on that.

Again though: I don’t follow DC at all really so i’m not sure how the Cookie may crumble with this one.


Brando Says:

LMFAO Muzza:

3 things.. I don’t smoke grass, I’m not getting married(yet) and I don’t want to kill rafael Nadal..

Andy Murray ‏@andy_murray


Okiegal Says:

Of the people that Rafa considers his friends in the tennis world………the only one he count on for sure and for certain is Murray! I like Andy, he’s my second favorite. I think he’s funny and he gives great on court interviews…….and yes, knowing he likes Rafa seals the deal!!

C’mon Andy, take care of yourself and get healthy.

To Roger and Stan make things happen at Davis Cup…….and the never ending VAMOS RAFA…..get well!!


RZ Says:

Nice! Hopefully Fed will stay on the team year-round.


Giles Says:

Fed change of heart to play DC after he learned that joker is not playing. Bravo fed!!


Brando Says:

@Okiegal:

Completely agree. I think outside of the Spanish bunch or the Spanish speaking players, Muzza is easily Rafa’s closest friend on the tour.

He respects him greatly as a player and individual, something which is mutual. But more to it: they actually hang out and enjoy one another’s company as friends.

Recently even in Doha they were snapped hanging out together.

I think they are genuine friends regardless of the tour, as well as being 2 great Tennis players who admire the others skill greatly.

Plus the Murray family and Nadal family actually get on great and think well of one another.

I can see these 2 still being mates and hanging out together once they leave the tour for sure.

hopefully that won’t be for a long, long, long while: my fav 2 players after all!


Okiegal Says:

Thanks,
Brando, for the response. I was wondering if anyone sensed that like I did. You are right, I think they will be friends forever. I feel Rafa would like to consider Roger a pal also. They have done some stuff together. I think it used to be mutual, buy not so sure now. I do know this, Rafa thinks that Roger is all that and a bag of chips. Rafa also likes to think Novak is a friend. Don’t know, couldn’t comment on that one way are the other. I do think Novak is a gracious loser.


Giles Says:

Fed has to play 4 DC matches to be eligible for Rio.


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^^^^@Brando.
…..should be NOT so sure now instead of BUT….stupid fat fingers! LOL


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal Murrays always been my second favorite after Rafa,nothing to do with any conspiracy theories about the Rafa fans desserting a sinking ship that were posted around Wimbledon last year,and indeed it was tiresome when people put you on that pedestal anyway,and i was indeed delighted both won GS last year especially Murray at Wimbledon,i do have great respect for Novak,Roger,Stan etc,he and Rafa have a good relationship/frienship as do Novak and Andy,the relationship between Rafa and Novak seems to have cooled though the more they have met,i wonder if the Andy/Novak one will go the same way if/when the rivalry gets more heated.


Brando Says:

@Giles:

Rio is a long, long way off.

Surely 2014 DC ties are irrelevant to that right?


Hippy Chic Says:

^Murray winning the USO took the sting out of Rafa been missing at the USO.^


Hippy Chic Says:

Giles whats the Rio Olympics got to do with the DC,sorry just wondering??


Hippy Chic Says:

Its one of not many things left on his resume that Roger hasnt won as yet the DC,i think hes really serious about helping the Swiss team win the DC.


skeezer Says:

Awesome! Get to see more of the Maestro! Bring it


RZ Says:

Giles, Djoker had announced at least a week ago that he wasn’t playing DC, so it wasn’t like Fed found out and suddenly signed on.


Miki Says:

Wow, mighty Fed and Stan are in my town, and I didn’t buy a ticket :(

It was said that Fed and Nole weren’t going to play, so I thought it isn’t worth it, and now I’m pissed.


courbon Says:

@ Miki: Zajebao si se…(-:


Miki Says:

haha :D…cekaj, jedan status na FB mozda resi situaciju :)…

znam tvoj nickname ovde, ti spadas u ove “normalne” posetioce :D…nisam znao da si nas covek


Miki Says:

p.s: ovo normalne u stvari i ne treba pod navodnicima, mislio sam na to da nisi od onih koji bi samo da se raspravljaju, a ima ih previse…


Bad Knee Rules Says:

Smart move by Roger, he needs practise and Serbs will have a chance to see The Best Ever at work.


steve-o Says:

This is a first-round match. If Federer’s thinking about the title, it’s a long way off.

Surely Wawrinka is a bit exhausted from his win in Melbourne and the Swiss team needs to be certain of victory. Still, the Serbian team is sans Djokovic and Tipsarevic, so even without Federer it might be winnable for a tired Wawrinka. Never hurts to have extra firepower, though.


Giles Says:

Yes very smart move by fed indeed. Playing a depleted Serbian team. My guess is he would not have elected to play with joker in the team.


Giles Says:

@Brando. This is Fed’s best time to compete in DC with a depleted Serbian team. There is every chance the Swiss can clinch it this year and he knows that. So he will get his 4 matches in. He might not get this golden opportunity in 2015 . So he is obviously trying to win his 4 matches this year.


Giles Says:

PS. # CunningOldSui


courbon Says:

@ Miki: jesam, nas sam jedino sto zivim vec 22 godine u insotranstvu (20 u Londonu a sad oko godinu I po, u francuskoj na selu )tako izvini ako losem pisem ( malo se zaboravi ).Ima budala ovde ali par fini ljudi pa mi je Ok.Bili bi fino da cesce pises ( mada ce mo morati na Engleskom jer se ne dozvoljava strain jezik na blogu ),moramo da se drzimo zajedno!


Giles Says:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20140129/rafael-nadal-roger-federer-australian-open-mailbag/index.html?
At last, an article and comments on the Rafa v whiner match!
Brilliant. They tell it like it is! Well done chaps!


Miki Says:

@Courbon, ovde sam ja redovno, ali nesto slabo pisem. Ne ide tebi srpski uopste lose, nisi cak nijednu gresku napravio :)

Sorry people, just talking with my fellow Serb in our language. We won’t do it anymore. And good news, I managed to find a ticket for Sunday :)…If I could just find one for friday…


skeezer Says:

Miki,
Awesome enjoy watching!


Miki Says:

Thanks skeezer. I can only hope Fed will play. If it’s going to be a wipeout, which is expected when you take a look at the Serbian team, then the fifth match probably won’t be played. It would be great if Fed played that first match on Sunday, it would be a dream come true, to watch the Maestro, and until today I didn’t know he is coming, nobody knew. I read that at the airport people were all over Stan trying to take a picture and get an autograph, and Fed almost sneaked through unnoticed. I read that some guy said: Hey, this guy looks like Roger Federer, and Fed replied: yeah, because I am Roger Federer :D…how cool is that?


courbon Says:

Miki, great news.Skeezer is jealous…


courbon Says:

Off to bed, good night folks


Miki Says:

Good night!


Okiegal Says:

I guess Federer has more confidence in Stan now, since his slam win. C’mon guys, make the Lindt chocolate people proud and also the Swiss bovine to be very contented!! Lol


Steve 27 Says:

If not win this year with 2 GS champions, is never for the old one.


funches Says:

If Federer and Wawrinka play all four rounds, Switzerland will win the Davis Cup this year. No team can touch them until the final, and if that match is against Spain, it will be in Switzerland.

They’d put Spain on a low-bouncing, incredibly fast indoor court, the one surface where Fed owns Nadal.


Steve 27 Says:

even in indoor hc Rafa is better than the old guy now. There is not a rivalry anynore.


Steve 27 Says:

anymore, I mean.


Giles Says:

^^^ You are right. It’s not a rivalry anymore. just a sheer beat down .


Alexandra Says:

Fed doesn’t own Rafa on any surface. Get real.

Anyway, if Federer seriously wants to have a shot at DC he needs to play in every round. I don’t think he is prepared to do that. Stan would have beaten the weak serbian team on his own. It’s still the beginning of the season. Someone like Berdych is a lot more comitted to DC.


Frankie Says:

Good luck Switzerland!


metan Says:

Ah, finally he is in. Good !!!


Miki Says:

Found a ticket for tommorow, and I’m happy as a small child opening Christmas presesnts :D

Really can’t wait.


RZ Says:

Have fun Miki!
I’ll be watching GB vs USA tomorrow and Saturday. Go Team GB!!!


RZ Says:

Miki, here’s a tweet regarding the Roger Federer “lookalike” https://twitter.com/JayFan88/status/428600021798621184/photo/1


rivkin Says:

Perfect time to try out other tactics in matchs as only nadal standing in way of add in more slams.would love to see fed hitting double handed backhand


RZ Says:

@Miki, you may be in luck! Here’s the draw for the Switzerland-Serbia tie (though this could still change):

Friday
R1: Ilija Bozoljac (SRB) v Roger Federer (SUI)
R2: Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
Saturday
R3: Filip Krajinovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Marco Chiudinelli/Michael Lammer (SUI)
Sunday
R4: Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Roger Federer (SUI)
R5: Ilija Bozoljac (SRB) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)


kjb Says:

Nice to see Fed playing in Davis cup. I think he is pretty happy for Stan and it a great time to partner up again for Davis Cup. Might be the year that they could nab one.
Tired hearing about his lack of participation in the Davis Cup, he has played almost double the amount of Davis Cup matches that any of the other top active players have(46-15). Rafa(24-5)Nole(28-9)Murray(19-6)Ferrer(23-4)

GO get em! Stan and Fed!


A Tango Lad Says:

So nice to see Roger and Stan together in Serbia.

Should be a fun weekend to watch.


funches Says:

It doesn’t matter now because Spain is going to lose in the first round, but the idea that Rafa owns Fed indoors, too, is absurd. He beat Fed in the London semifinals last November, but that was the Fed who lost to Robredo in straight sets at the U.S. Open and Stakhovsky at Wimbledon. Fed had won their previous two indoor encounters even though Rafa already was beating him everywhere else.

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