Federer, Wawrinka Put Switzerland Ahead 2-1 In Davis Cup, Will Roger Close It Out?
by Sean Randall | November 22nd, 2014, 3:29 pm
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Things could not have worked out any more perfectly for the Swiss this weekend. So far. Faced with playing a back-addled Roger Federer, Switzerland stunned the 27,000 plus today in Lille by taking a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final and the doubles.

What made it even more promising for the Swiss going into Sunday was that neither Federer nor Stan Wawrinka were particularly taxed in the relatively routine straight set 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win over Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet.

“I’m very happy, of course, that we played so well today. It’s always a pleasure playing with Stan. But I think today we played exceptionally well,” said Federer. “Nothing’s won really yet, but clearly it could be a big point.”

Stan anchored the win while Gasquet looked to be the weakest of the four. So the Swiss moved paid off tabbing Federer/Wawrinka while I don’t think France had any other choice but to play Benneteau and Gasquet.

And it’s almost a worst case scenario for the French who failed to extend Federer in either of his two matches. (At least make the old guy work, hopefully aggravating his back.) But now both he and Stan will be fresh for Sunday with JW Tsonga and Gael Monfils staring down the pressure of saving the home team by beating two Top 5 players in the world in your own backyard.

“For me I think probably a doubles is a proper test, as well, because you got to keep serve and volleying, be explosive all the time. Yeah, I’m very relieved to do that, I’m actually feeling really well,” Federer said. “So, got one more match tomorrow. I’ll try to play my best tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll feel fine again.”

That said, Federer is still not 100% but Tsonga has to be a bundle of nerves right now, especially after coming up flat on Friday – how well will he sleep tonight? JW’s a big match player and has proven that through the years, this, though, is arguably the biggest match Roger has played this decade! That’s right, this decade and maybe since his French Open title!!

So with that Davis Cup trophy on the line, I have to think Roger gets it done here. Somehow, someway. Again, the key will be Federer getting on top early thereby neutralizing the crowd and asking Tsonga to play his best under the gun.

However, if Tsonga comes out quick, like we’ve seen him do before, he could very easily run away with the match. I don’t think Roger can fall too far behind with the crowd and the way Tsonga plays.

Should Tsonga prevail, I still like Monfils to ride that momentum off the JW victory and win it for the Swiss in an absolute pressure cooker. Monfils trying to win for his country while Wawrinka ostensibly trying to win it for Roger (and Switzerland). What a match that would be. But if Federer’s back improves and he has some movement left in those aging legs, I don’t think it even gets to a fifth.

“Of course it’s going to be very, very difficult now, with a lot of hope in these doubles,” said French captain Arnaud Clement. “We have to do something big, very big. We still have a chance, and we’re going to try as hard as possible. It’s a big challenge, big challenge for us, to beating No. 2 and 4 in the world in the final of Davis Cup.

“But even if we have a little chance, we’re going to try.”

A week ago Roger and Stan were allegedly at way. Now they are on the brink of history. Funny this sport. Fun, too.

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114 Comments for Federer, Wawrinka Put Switzerland Ahead 2-1 In Davis Cup, Will Roger Close It Out?

TennisVagabond.com Says:

I am just here to say: I TOLD Y’ALL FED WOULD PLAY!

Tennis Vagabond. Prognosticator.


Eric Says:

Fed’s biggest match since 2009? Please. The Davis Cup is cool, but… It’s never made sense to consider it a part of a player’s resume, and there’s no reason to start now that Switzerland might well win. Tennis is an individual sport. The DC is a team sport. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the GOAT debate or anything. That said, hope we see good matches tomorrow!


Hippy Chick Says:

Eric wrong thread lol….


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Eric, I agree, that’s silly hyperbole for a player that has played in multiple Wimbledon finals.

Yes, it was a big match, yes it would be HUGE on Fed’s resume. But nothing is bigger than Wimbledon. No matter how many you have already.


leo Says:

Stan was the man today! I thought Rog played well too, but with Stan in that form, why worry?

Hopefully they both bring it tomorrow.

This has nothing to do with GOAT or no-GOAT – this doesn’t change that, IMO. Still a very nice to have.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Is there anyone in sport who can put a bad loss behind him like federer? Very inspirational, and it’s great to see good friends succeeding and having fun as a team.


rogerafa Says:

Roger and Stan last won a DC doubles match in 2011. They had lost four straight doubles matches in DC before this win. I was surprised by their level of play but the patterns and tactics were not always exactly what you see in classic doubles. It was more about individual brilliance than about gelling together as a team. I feel sorry for JB who put in a spirited performance only to be let down by Richard. The duo of JB and ERV which won the RG this year would probably have been the better option. The Swiss team did not spend a lot of time on the court and that should help their cause for the reverse matches. I think France will go with Gilles versus Roger. Joe can blow hot and cold and can not make Roger run the way a Gael or Gilles can. Of course, a hot Joe can overwhelm Roger on clay due to the sheer firepower he has. I think it will go right down to the wire. If Stan and Gael can maintain their form, the decider could become an absolute epic.


rogerafa Says:

The commies said this was the first time since 1973(Laver & Newcombe)that a pairing involving two top 10 guys have won a doubles match in a DC final. There was also something about all the current French DC squad players residing in Switzerland making it, in a way, an all “Swiss” final.


Emily Says:

If Stan anchored this win and played great yesterday, why is it still definite that Monfils wins? Yes, Stan can get nervous, but he wants this more than the final of the WTF, and he seems much more comfortable on the clay. He’s playing better than last week and that tension with Roger that was palpable on Saturday isn’t there. It’s a shame that he would have to play Monfils, one of his best friends on tour.

Anyway, it might be a moot point. I can see Roger wanting redemption after Friday’s performance, Tsonga was clearly anxious yesterday, and Federer will be bringing in confidence from today’s win. Tsonga looked like he was going to throw up when he was sitting on the bench. I liked that Roger said on the court that he hoped it was Stan’s weekend, and so far, it has been. If the Swiss win the Davis Cup, the entire team will have that on their resume, and I think with 7 and a half years of ties, the AO Champion has earned it.


Emily Says:

Also, I don’t think I can handle watching a decider


jane Says:

looks like the #2 and #4 are close to wrapping up victory for their team. i figured if these two played dubs it’d be all but a done deal; they do have an olympic gold after all!


jane Says:

tv, i am biased but i think nole has done a remarkable job of that too, as has rafa. nole bounced back three times after tough losses at the french open to do exceptional at wimbledon (2011 win, 2013 finals, 2014 win). he’s also come back from tough losses at the us open to sweep the field in the fall. or even this year, after going out earlier than expect at the australian he won iw/miami double over fed and nadal. and rafa’s come back from injury breaks/tough losses to do exceptionally well the following years. murray slowly made himself back throughout this season too. anyhow, just my twocents. these top guys do well at rebounding. indomitable is the word.


RZ Says:

@rogerafa – are you speaking about DC doubles only? I watched Fed and Stan win a doubles match together this year in Indian Wells.


RZ Says:

@Emily – I think Tsonga is either sick or injured. I read that he was supposed to be in the doubles line-up originally but begged off.


Emily Says:

@RZ, I heard them mention that too, though I didn’t know that’s why he didn’t play the doubles. It’s not surprising based on his play on Friday and lack of match play in the Fall. Maybe he thought the crowd would help him and that’s why he made those comments, though I’m sure he just couldn’t hear them from the nose bleed seats.

Why did the Swiss have so many seats close to the court? Did the Federation buy them and then sell them to Swiss fans before French fans could get seats? I have no idea how that works.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Jane, I’m not sure all the top players are equal. Murray for sure seems much more emotionally fragile. Those are great examples for Novak, but for Rafa I can’t help thinking about the loss to Soderling. He disappeared from the face of the earth and the reasons for it seemed to keep changing. On the other hand, certainly in 2011 he had some incredibly tough losses to Novak and just kept coming back, so that definitely deserves credit.


Michael Says:

Things look bright for Swiss at this moment.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Jean Gachassin (FFT president) said that Tsonga was supposed to play double, trained with Gasquet in the morning and pulled out at the last minute because of a pain in the arm. Tsonga is even more a choker than Gasquet… And he was whining because 2000 Swiss were making more noise than 25000 French. Pathetic.

Tsonga has little chance against Fed, Gasquet has absolutely zero chance. Arnaud Clément should think about sending Benneteau. Unfortunate under achiever too but he was two points away of beating Fed at Wimb and he showed real gusts and envy on Saturday. He was the only one present on French side.

If there is a decider, it’s 50/50. Stan will have to climb Everest to beat Monfils.


jane Says:

true points tennisvagabond.
andy lost a lot of slam finals but never gave up so in that sense, he’s shown a real ability to keep going.
true about rafa taking time out after tough losses but they’ve often been linked with injury, so i was looking at a longer stretch.


Michael Says:

Roger is very close to conquering the unconquered territory. What is shocking however is why has the Swiss Team so far has not won the Davis Cup despite hosting two of the best players in the game. The answer may lie in Roger not actively participating in Davis Cup outings earlier due to his professional commitments. But now the time is ripe with the formidable Spanish Contigent out of the way and that gives sufficient room for other teams to fancy a realistic chance of grabbing the coveted title. There is the opportunity for the Swiss Team today with the French Team tottering in their own backyard and Roger is still the man to get them through. He has taken the risk and done it in the doubles and now he has to complete the task in his singles match against Tsonga.


andrea Says:

wow. those three ginsu volleys that stan played in the final game of the doubles were brilliant! need to add those to my playing repertoire.

Go team Suisse!!!


Bob Lewis Says:

With all the focus on the Swiss, how huge would a DC title be for those French players? A win would really define their careers, perhaps even give a boost on the ATP tour. French have quality players, yet their marks on the game have been relatively limited. And they’ve taken some tough losses in DC.

We know Federer’s list of achievements, and Stan has a slam on his belt. Not winning would hurt, but they have some nice hardware to comfort them.


jane Says:

^ definitely they’re the underdogs


skeezer Says:

@TV,
Yes..you are da man! ;)


wilfried Says:

@ Leo
Sure Stan the man was good, and quite spectacular at times, but to me Roger was the stronghold of the Swiss team.
Gasquet and Benneteau never had a look at Roger’s service games, couldn’t fashion one single breakpoint when Roger was serving in the second set. He was too solid.
It was not the same when Wawrinka was at serve. In the second set alone Gasquet and Benneteau had 5 break-points on Wawrinka’s serve. They just didn’t take advantage of it. In particularly Gasquet was underperforming.
ANd the third set was just a formality.
Also Roger’s volleys are better and more efficient than Stan’s volleys.


Gordon Says:

This just in via the Davis Cup scoreboard on the DC Mobile App – it will be Gasquet playing Federer in the 4th (and first today) rubber.

I guess Tsonga is unfit to play.


Margot Says:

@Gordon
A Swiss win then!
Think the French tennis team suffer in the same way that the Rugby squad do: a)so much talent, who to choose and b) lousy coach/management.
Why on earth didn’t they choose Benny and ERV as their doubles team? They play together and have done really well.
And, why on earth not choose Simon who is injury free and has been playing well this Autumn? In contrast to JWT who hasn’t.


Jeez Says:

French might have done a HUGE favor(to Fed)by playing Gasquet !!!??


Jeez Says:

Or a BLUNDER !!!?


Shailesh Says:

Confident start from Richard!!


Jeez Says:

@Shailesh
broken early not so Confident huh!!??


Shailesh Says:

Yeah Jeez, I spoke too soon :-). Fed too looks nervous.


Goose Egg Says:

@Margot

“Why on earth didn’t they choose Benny and ERV as their doubles team? They play together and have done really well.”

Yes, Benneteau has had recent success with ERV, BUT let’s not forget that Benneteau & Gasquet won Olympic bronze together only 2 years ago in London. That’s pretty good history in my opinion. Olympic bronze vs. Olympic gold in doubles yesterday… I like that matchup.


Shailesh Says:

Richard just won the point of the tournament…


Shailesh Says:

Why does Fed keep going to Gasquet’s backhand when its obvious that Gasquet’s forehand is the weaker side. Why not target his forehand like is targeting Fed’s backhand?


Shailesh Says:

Gutsy hold from Gasquet.


Damien Mills Says:

For those wondering about how Fed can play DC with a bad back…
Clay is magic and made of fairy dust. It is the exact same reason why Nadal is nowhere near injured every single clay season…
Allez tennis!


Shailesh Says:

Did any one else notice the strange habit of Gasquet to take a ball from the ball boy / girl, bounce it few times and return it right back. I mean why take the ball at all in the first place when you know you are not going to use the ball.


Shailesh Says:

First set in the bag for the Swiss, immaculate serving display from Fed.


SX1 Says:

Reeshard is more horrible than yesterday don’t understand why simon is not playing against fed.


Jeez Says:

Broken early in SET 2!!!!


Shailesh Says:

Fed breaks in the first game of the second set. Will get even more tougher now for Gasquet to make a comeback in this match.


Shailesh Says:

First comfortable hold of the match by Gasquet.


Shailesh Says:

Fed gets the second break, will serve for the second set after the changeover.


sienna Says:

I said it before, this is hardball tennis from Fed.

Humble pie!!!!

ps
Bennetaux is clasless.


Shailesh Says:

Second set in the bag for the Swiss, just one more needed.


SX1 Says:

Pin drop silence among dull followers but they will surely come to show their bitterness.


Hippy Chick Says:

SX1 PLEASE MAKE THAT FOLLOWER,NOT FOLLOWERS WITH AN S,from what i see there is only one,to be quite honest im getting sick of us all been tarred with the same brush,kindly look over the thread and you will see one poster,thats right one….


Hippy Chick Says:

Roger is playing amazing tennis,Richie is struggling with pressure on every service game,the Swiss team are well worthy of winning this DC,are ya listening SX 1?….


SX1 Says:

HC …

you should be aware what kind of followers i am referring…


Shailesh Says:

First really sloppy game from Fed, did not really try in that service game from Richard.


Hippy Chick Says:

SX 1 ill repeat follower as in er not ers,look over the bloody thread,1 poster as in 1 poster….


SX1 Says:

okay …
for time being.


sienna Says:

gamesmanship by french captain and team.


Hippy Chick Says:

SX1 sounds like your looking for an agument that doesnt even exist?….


Rishi Says:

Hippy,

I should apologize on behalf of SX1. He is a hardcore Fed fan, appears to get carried away most of the time. You are right, only one Rafa fan that has been posting derogatory remarks.

Yourself and Okie have been very supportive and encouraging.

:)


SX1 Says:

i didn’t include ALL in my comment & you know i am not referring you so please ignore it if mod would have been any problem then it will be deleted.


SX1 Says:

Hardcore Federer Fan ???

The Old man which is owned by dull!!

are you serious ??


Hippy Chick Says:

Rishi many thanks ;))….


Rishi Says:

@ SX1:

Apparently I was wrong then. I have no idea how you are. But regardless, your posts would fetch great responses on the Fedal thread.

:)


Shailesh Says:

The cup is almost in the bag, just needs to hold one more service game and he makes history.


SX1 Says:

The problem is that i am neither a fan of fed nor nadal.


Shailesh Says:

He has done it, he is in tears, what a moment for him!!


Hippy Chick Says:

Congrats to the Swiss team,richly deserved,ill repeat not many players can stay with Roger when hes playing like that….


TheOneGOAT Says:

there is a reason why there is only one Major Open cup that is plated in Gold.. the man who owns the most of that is the greatest of all time..

unfortunate for ‘mac n cheese’ who has only H2H and Olympic gold to dwell on to dispute who is the real G.O.A.T..


Rishi Says:

Just hear Roger….very happy that he praised Stan and the team for all the hard work, and clearly stated that “this is for the boys, not for me. I don’t need to tick all the boxes in my career.”


Rishi Says:

Giles….we would like to hear some words of congratulations, or something nice for a change. For all the other Fed fans who respect Rafa’s achievements.


Hippy Chick Says:

Classy from Federer,saying its not about me its about the team,well said….


Rishi Says:

A Big Thank You to all the Rafa, Nole, Andy and other fans who have been very encouraging and said so many nice words of support to us Fed fans since Friday’s first rubber.


Hippy Chick Says:

Rishi lol we mustve been typing at the same time,as we more or less said the same thing….


Rishi Says:

@ Hippt… LOL, probably yeah. Surprised not to see to many people this morning. Probably too early.


Polo Says:

I was so wrong! And I am so happy to be so wrong. Congatulations to the Swiss team!


Hippy Chick Says:

Rishi lol,afternoon where i am,on the East coast of Anglia….


Rishi Says:

Federer and Suisse fans….we will all be waking up to this fantastic news. Truly historic moment. Jealous of my cousin staying in Geneva. Will be part of some wonderful celebrations today, I guess.


skeezer Says:

“this is for the boys, not for me. I don’t need to tick all the boxes in my career.”
Class all the way, well said.
But 17 Slams, Olympic gold and DC Title.
History and Historic at the same time.
Congrats Swiss and Maestro!


Polo Says:

Rishi, don’t bother or worry about Giles. He’ll spin some sinister twist to this victory by the Swiss team.


Okiegal Says:

@Rishi…..Thanks, I’m here this morning. Just got up and having coffee and catching up. Yes I’ve been posting a little along the Davis Cup way. Yeah, I’m a faithful Rafa fan but I’m not cheering for the French regardless of who they play. Think the Swiss will win and no problem, mon! Davis Cup I’ve never followed, because it’s never televised here in the states to my knowledge, so it’s not a top priority for me, but important none the less. I think it would be fun to go to I love the crowds in that venue because they seem to be having mega fun!! Would love to be in the mix! May the better team win, I believe it to be the Swiss…..and that’s ok by me!


Rishi Says:

@Hippy…..WHaaaaaaaaa!!!I thought you were in the States.

@ Skeeze….been waiting for your posts this morning. Glad to see you here.

@ Polo….yeah, can’t wait for the fireworks to go off on the forum. :P


sienna Says:

egg face with spot on prediction.

could not be further away….

HUMBLE PIE


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Great match by Roger. Was a bit concerned about Roger’s back. I did not want him to go through 2013 again in 2015. If healthy, next 2 years could be his final season. Hope he repeats his performance next year also. Maybe a slam would be nice, but doesn’t matter any more.


Rishi Says:

@Okie….hey, good to hear from you. The French captain has some serious thinking to do. Really feel for Simon; should have been playing today. Would have made it so much tougher. I had to spend 15 minutes to find a link to the match, sitting here in Greenville, SC.


Hippy Chick Says:

TENNIS SEASON IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED,HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO OLD FRIENDS AND NEW,what a great season,i cannot wait for the next one,withdrawal symptoms already,roll on the exhos ;-))….


Michael Says:

Hearty congratulations to Switzerland for winning the Davis Cup and it is indeed a commendable performance. I am sure Roger would be a very happy man today devouring this victory and enjoying his moments better than he won Wimbledon, for winning Davis Cup for your Country always gives a different feeling and a sense of accomplishment that you have done your Country proud with your efforts. At one stage, when it was 1-1, things looked bleak for the Swiss, but once the pair of Roger and Wawarinka scripted that turn around by winning the doubles, it changed the whole nature of the game and from then on, it was a trophy for the Swiss to lose and there for taking which they have managed to grab with folded hands. Roger has rightfully congratulated his Team for this victory and hailed it as a team effort thereby crediting the Team members to savour this victory which was attained with so much painstaking efforts as the route to the final in a Davis Cup is a long road ahead.


Hippy Chick Says:

Rishi lol nah i wish,nothing quite that luxurious unfortunatly,just wet and windy Norfolk by the sea….


Rishi Says:

@Hippy….Ah, if I was there, would have taken yo for some evening Tea to celebrate. Hope you are enjoying the Sunday afternoon. Its raining and gloomy where I am; weather-wise only though.


Humble Rafa Says:

Never before have so many people who cannot show Switzerland on a map and so partisan, supported the neutral country in any such endeavor.


Michael Says:

Alison,

Happy to reciprocate your wishes. A great season for Tennis has ended and we are all eagerly anticipating next year when Rafa would be making a come back stronger, healthier, eager and more ambitious. Novak and Roger ofcourse would be eager to replicate the excellent year they had in 2014 and Andy too would be eagerly striving to prove his critics wrong by his histronics with the Tennis racquet. That would really heat the competition at the top and we are in for interesting days ahead. May be Del Potro too would be entering the scene to make it even more competitive and thereby it would be Tennis that would emerge victorious with popularity accretion.


SX1 Says:

Humble might be frustrated ..lol !


Hippy Chick Says:

Rishi you would be more than welcome round these parts,weathers awfull but im about to watch Liverpool FC take on Crystal Palace in the English Premier League,and a roast chicken sunday lunch cooked by my other half,that should cheer me up,anyway you enjoy the win and celebrate whats been a historic day ;))….


Rishi Says:

@Humble….You’re right. That’s what happens when you are a fan of one player. But hey, this was never a 1-man show. The whole team, especially, Stan, won fair and square, and we’re happy to support.


Rishi Says:

@Hippy….Thank you, and hope you enjoy the EPL match. May your fav team win.

:)


TennisVagabond.com Says:

AWESOME NEWS TO WAKE UP TO!!
Congrats to Fed, Stan and Da Captain Luthi!
What a story, coming back for Fed from the devastating injury last week robbing him of a chance at one of the biggest championships of the year, coming back from a terrible loss Friday, and getting the Davis Cup that’s eluded him for so many years.
And for Stan: ALL THOSE YEARS of dedication to Davis Cup, paying off in the season of his career: bookended by championships.

Hippy, thank you for the kind words, and I’ll expand on your OTHER comment.

Its nonsense to say one player or another have “bad” fans. Individuals are respectful or classless, sport fans or bitter maniacs. Put the blame where it belongs, on the individual, not on the players they follow who have no idea who these idiots are, and would be embarrassed to be associated with them.

I look forward to “hanging” with you and all the other great fans on TX in 2015!

And Skeeze, congrats to you for your man’s win! (and congrats to me too!)


Hippy Chick Says:

Michael i actually get quite sad in one sense,another season over means they are all getting older and therefore losing a step,although Rogers like the curious case of Benjamin Button,as he seems to be playing like hes getting younger,the older he gets the better he seems to play….


gannu Says:

Congrats to fed and all fed fans… good to c him happy and also embrace wawrinka..stand next to him …was good to c their camaraderie…forget differences and move on….that’s life…instead of bickering over some misunderstanding throughout life…

HR – ur posts always make me laugh… I guess people don’t understand the witty sarcasm behind ur posts…I don’t find u obnoxious at all… but atleast appreciate where it is due…u can atleast say well done to the OLD MAN who has given so much to the sport!’

great year guys…wish fed cud have won wimbeldon…but anyways he has won everything that he could…hope he wins one last gslam next year somehow…davis cup motivated novak a lot..ofcourse age was on his side and he was hungry…

so lets see how fed takes this victory…

c u guys next year…cheers..merry Christmas and a v happy new year to all of u…


Hippy Chick Says:

Tennis Vagabond many thanks,i do enjoy your posts,your always very fair and approachable….


Michael Says:

Alison,

The harsh truth is that time waits for no one and it passes. So the players need to make the best of it as long as they are young and fit. That is the nature of Life and can we change its course ? Ofcourse, every passing year, these players get older and it is frightening to think Tennis beyond these graceful Champions who have taken the Sport to a new level and the much touted young guns are not making the mark as was expected and there seems to be a big vacuum. Hopefully, we will have some breakthroughs next year with the young guns posing a stiff challenge to the top of the heap.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Best Backhand in Switzerland should win the Swiss Athlete of the Year award for leading ailing midgets to a DC title.


Hippy Chick Says:

Michael Federer fans gets irritated with retirement talk,and by the same token i get irritated with the whole Rafa retirement talk,Roger says he loves tennis and is happy to carry on playing,and Rafa says the same thing,so i only say one thing please can we let them play for as long as they want to and not keep pushing them off to the retirement homes,let that be something they decide for themselves….


Humble Rafa Says:

Just like an old man gets the corner office before his s retirement, I am glad that the Arrogant One was able to win the DC. His wife obviously may not like a cup won by cry babies.


Margot Says:

Congrats to the Swiss team.
But oh the French players……….:( So much talent but………


Emily Says:

@TV, agree with your comment and shout out to Stan. Not many players can say they haven’t missed a DC tie in seven and a half years. He kept playing with or without Roger, and while he has had tough losses (10 hour doubles match anyone), he was clutch this weekend. He was the rock when the Swiss were at their lowest and now he can celebrate his win on Friday properly. He finishes the year with a slam, the Davis Cup, a Masters 1000, and number four ranking.
After this weekend, both Stan and Roger are looking great for next year. I just hope they avoid each other at the AO.


Humble Rafa Says:

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.”

In the age of photoshop, how long does it take to “remove the Best Backhand in Switzerland’s picture from the DC picture and make it your “own”.


Humble Rafa Says:

Never have so many people who don’t know France or any French people wanted the country to lose. This is in addition to their own choky players. That is a combination that cannot win.

Losing ranks up there at the top (along with adultery) as distinguished french traditions.


Michael Says:

Alison, they are any way going to take their own decision rather than trust the wisdom of enthusiasts. It is their decision and we need to respect although we can provide suggestions as an academic exercise.


Hippy Chick Says:

Michael when Nadal said he was having stem cell,one poster couldnt wait to put up a link from the telegraph,written by some smug journalist saying his body was breaking down and rebelling,such trash written by somebody who enjoys nothing more than building someone up,and then takes great delight in knocking them down,but then again thats the press for you…..


skeezer Says:

I was one of the fans here that didn’t think Fed could pull this off after he injured his back.
Guess Rafa is not the only one with miracle recovery powers. So kudos to you Maestro, and you pulled it off in fine fashion with the winning match! 2 guys basically navigated through all the DC teams and won it all in the end. Amazing.You’d better be buying Stan a years supply of Lindt Chocolates for this at the very least, cause yes, he was the man!


contador Says:

Very happy for the Swiss Davis Cup team. What a great win for them! Loved seeing Stan the Man and Severin Luhthi, particularly, rejoicing with the trophy.

Federer said it best when he gave credit to the team and demanded that this win was not about him. This win was not, as Federer said, “about ticking off boxes” for him. I believe him.

Heart-break for Gasquet and the French team. I don’t understand why Gilles Simon was not included in the final. Oh well….Vive la France… next time…


sienna Says:

it doesnot matter what a jealouse nadalfan says.
what matters is how majority of people see things.
look at youre local newspaper and then you will know who is seen as GOAT.

Also check Wikipedia page Roger Federer
G.O.A.T. is just one of the official nicks….


Giles Says:

Rafa miracle recovery powers?? This skeezer dude is a real joker isn’t he? Out of the tour for 222 days in 2012 due to injury is classified as miracle recovery powers? No, Fed’s antics this week is a “miracle”. Fastest recovery of a bad back ever! Lol


Polo Says:

Skeezer, nobody can be more pessimistic than I am. I skipped the first two days partly because I was busy and partly because I did not want to see Roger play and struggle with a bad back.


RZ Says:

@contador – I agree that Simon would have been a better choice for the match, but really the big problem was putting the tie on clay. When the surface was announced several weeks ago, I made the point that Fed and Stan are better claycourt players than any of the French players. A hard court surface would have been a closer call.


Bob Lewis Says:

Congrats to Fedrinka and the Swiss. I briefly tuned into the live match earlier this morning. When I saw it was Gasquet on the other side, I went back to sleep. Just had a strong feeling about what the outcome was gonna be.

Can the Swiss repeat? Will Federer make as strong a commitment moving forward?


skeezer Says:

Giles,
Wa wa wa.


skeezer Says:

@BL,
My guess is not. I don’t know if basically a 2 man team from a tiny country will repeat something like this in Tennis. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience.
@jane
Won’t deny that the lineup the French came up with was very questionable. Especially Simon, who has always been a tough out for Fed. Tsonga is historically hot and cold, and he seemed out if sorts @DC. Fed has always owned Gas. But then since we are talking after the fact we are nit being fair to Stan an Monfils, it would have been an epic decider as both seemed in fine form.

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