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November 22nd, 2014

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

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 …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:29 pm in Davis Cup | 114 Comments »

November 21st, 2014

Poll: Who Should Switzerland Play In The Doubles Saturday? Federer-Wawrinka?

After a quick opening day of singles, Switzerland and France are locked at 1-1 in the Davis Cup final on the red clay in Lille.

With France pretty set with Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, it’s decision time for the Swiss and coach Severin Luthi in the doubles. The Swiss has designated Chiudenelli/Lammer for the rubber, but will Luthi stay with it knowing that Roger Federer, who didn’t look great today in a loss to Gael Monfils, would be then asked …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:36 pm in Davis Cup, Polls | 107 Comments »

November 20th, 2014

Davis Cup Final Preview: Why I Think Roger Federer’s Swiss Team Comes Up Just Short Against France

I often say winning the Davis Cup comes down to health and luck. This weekend France has both. With Roger Federer nursing a bad back, France will put out a deep squad featuring JW Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet. And they also have the luck of the draw having the tie played on their red soil in a cavernous and noisy arena.

But Davis Cup does come down to pressure. The French team has combined to win ZERO Grand Slam …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:22 pm in Davis Cup | 90 Comments »

November 20th, 2014

Roger Federer Will Play Davis Cup, Opens Against Gael Monfils Friday

After days of rehab following a back injury last weekend during the ATP Finals in London, Roger Federer confirmed that he will play Friday in Switzerland’s Davis Cup final against France.

Federer, who is seeking a first Davis Cup title to add to his incredible resume, will play Gael Monfils in a match that follows Stan Wawrinka-Jo Wilfried Tsonga.

“Obviously if I’m stepping out on the court, that means I can play,” said Federer. “That’s most important.

“I’m just really pleased that I’m …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:26 am in Davis Cup | 39 Comments »

November 18th, 2014

Roger Federer On His Back Injury: I Still Can’t Practice, But Hopefully Wednesday I’ll Be On The Court

During the team presser today, Swiss star Roger Federer talked about the injury to his back that prevented him from playing in the ATP Finals on Sunday. Federer remains hopeful that he will be OK for the start of the tie against France on Friday.

“It’s definitely not good enough to practice,” Federer said. “I wish progress would be faster, but we’re trying hard.

“We’re heading in that direction. I feel it’s definitely a little bit better than it was on …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:49 pm in Davis Cup | 25 Comments »

November 18th, 2014

Roger Federer: There Are No Hard Feeling Between Me And Stan, We Are Friends, Not Ememies!

Meeting the press today three days before the start of Switzerland’s Davis Cup final against France, Roger Federer downplayed any issues he has with teammate Stan Wawrinka over their semifinal match last Saturday at the ATP Finals in London.

“I was on the other side of the court, quite far away,” Federer told the Guardian. “We had a conversation after the match. Everything’s totally relaxed about the situation.

“I just wanted to see if there was were any hard feelings because it …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:44 pm in Davis Cup | 46 Comments »

November 18th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Set To Return January 1, 2015 At The Abu Dhabi Exo

Rafael Nadal confirmed that he will return to tennis – exo tennis – at the start of the year in Abu Dhabi. The money-rich exo runs from January 1-3, 2015.

Nadal will be joined by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils for the lucrative event.

Nadal’s first official ATP event will be at Doha just a few days later.

After having his appendix removed and further stem cell treatments on his back, Nadal …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:51 am in 2015 Season, Exhibitions | 63 Comments »

November 18th, 2014

Did Mirka Federer Call Stan Wawrinka A Cry Baby? Here’s The Video

Day three of the Federer-Wawrinka gate brought with it a new video of Mirka Federer allegedly calling Stan Wawrinka a “cry baby”.

The incident in the video takes place in the 11th game at 5-5, 40-40 when Wawrinka, who just lost three match points in the previous game, backed away from a Federer serve because of something said from the crowd. Was it Mirka heckling Wawrinka with a “cry baby” for complaining to chair umpire Cedric Maurier when he was changing …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:39 am in Videos | 60 Comments »

November 17th, 2014

Roger Federer Took The Plane To Davis Cup, Stan Wawrinka The Train [Video]

Following their epic semifinal Saturday in London, the top two Swiss stars have arrived in Lille, France where on Friday they will face the French team in the Davis Cup final.

While the Swiss are looking for their first Davis Cup trophy in their first final since 1992, France is bidding to win its 10th Davis Cup title and its first since 2001.

Federer arrived into Lille by private jet while Stan Wawrinka took the train.

Federer:…

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:40 pm in Davis Cup | 56 Comments »

November 17th, 2014

Is Roger Federer’s Wife, Mirka, To Blame For The Rift With Stan Wawrinka?

According to London’s Telegraph, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka are at odds because of Roger’s wife. The story is that Mirka was heckling Wawrinka late his Saturday semifinal match with his husband.

Some of the points the article makes:
well-placed sources attested that the two men found themselves “thrashing out their differences” in the O2 Arena’s gym after Saturday’s semi-final.

The Telegraph understands that Mirka’s intense and even provocative support for her husband – which peaked just before Wawrinka served for the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:25 am in ATP Finals | 86 Comments »


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