Roger Federer set the record straight Monday. Ahead of his first round match in Rotterdam, Federer made it clear that he did not blame teammate Stanislas Wawrinka for the Swiss shock loss over the weekend to the USA in Davis Cup.
“I did have a day to sort of recover on Sunday and just sort of weather the press,” Federer said of being misquoted. “It was taken completely the wrong way, me blaming Stan. I would never do that.
“It’s was just an unfortunately weekend. With many different circumstances leading to our defeat, first and foremost I think the Americans played really well.
“I’ve had good conversations with the captain, with Stan himself on numerous occasions today and yesterday,” Federer went on. “Just making sure that there’s no misunderstandings between the two of us. It’s just the press that started to create something from nothing really.”
The US team blanked Switzerland 5-0 on the red clay as John Isner and Mardy Fish won both singles on Friday and then Fish teamed with Mike Bryan to clinch the tie on Saturday.
Federer suffered his first defeat in Davis Cup in 16 matches.
Federer will begin his Rotterdam play against Nicolas Mahut either Tuesday or Wednesday.
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