Davis Cup SFs: Federer Tries To Take Switzerland To The Finals
by Staff | September 12th, 2014, 9:15 am

Roger Federer will try to return Switzerland to the Davis Cup finals for the first time since 1992 this weekend when his country hosts Italy. Federer, who has never won a Davis Cup title in his career, is eager for the opportunity.

“As a team, we haven’t had much success over the past 50 years, so people in Switzerland still talk about 20 years ago when we made the finals,” Federer said. “Hopefully they’ll talk about this tie in 20 years, that would be wonderful – this is the dream for us, the players.”

Federer will be joined by Stan Wawrinka. Italy will rely on Simone Bolleli and Fabio Fognini.

In the other semifinal, France will host the Czech Republic at Roland Garros. France will turn to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet. Tomas Berdych and Lukos Rosol will lead the Czechs.

“A few things are different being here at this time but they remind you of all those situations that you go through at Roland Garros,” said Berdych. “It’s a beautiful experience and we can enjoy the whole set-up we have here. The venue is great for that – everything is close and very convenient, everything works, everything is used to being prepared and used to be here so it’s a great place. It is definitely the best place I’ve played away from home.”

Head-to-head: tied 7-7
The 2 teams have met 4 times since the introduction of the World Group, including most recently in 2009. The hosting nation has won this encounter in the last 5 ties. The last time a visiting nation won this tie was in 1979 when the Czechs defeated France at Roland Garros.

Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Julien Benneteau/Gael Monfils (FRA) v Radek Stepanek/Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Jo-WilfriedTsonga (FRA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

FRANCE is bidding to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010.

France has advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2011 after defeating Australia 5-0 in La Roche sur Yon and recovering from 0-2 down to defeat Germany in the quarterfinals in Nancy. It was the first comeback from 0-2 down in the World Group since Sweden achieved the feat against Slovak Republic in 1998.

France is contesting its 3rd consecutive home tie. France has won 7 of its last 8 home ties in the competition, with its only defeat in that time coming against USA in the 2012 World Group quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.

Last year, France defeated Israel 5-0 in the first round in Rouen before losing to Argentina 3-2 in the quarterfinals in Buenos Aires.

Two-time defending champion CZECH REPUBLIC is bidding to become the first nation to reach 3 consecutive Davis Cup finals since Australia in 1999-2001.

Czech Republic is bidding to become just the 2nd nation in World Group history to reach the final after winning back-to-back titles. Sweden is the only nation in World Group history to reach the final after winning back-to-back titles; winning in 1984-85 before losing 3-2 to Australia in 1986.

Czech Republic is looking to advance to its 6th Davis Cup final overall. As well as reaching the 2009, 2012 and 2013 finals, the Czechs also reached the final as Czechoslovakia in 1975 and 1980.

Czech Republic is also looking to increase its nation record-winning streak to 12 straight ties and take sole occupancy of 3rd place behind USA (17) and Algeria (14) for the most consecutive Davis Cup tie wins. The last time Czech Republic lost a Davis Cup tie was a 3-2 defeat to Kazakhstan in the first round in 2011.

Head-to-head: Italy leads 3-2
While Italy won each of the first 3 meetings between these 2 nations, Italy and Switzerland have met twice since the introduction of the World Group and the latter has won both – in 1999 and 2009. Roger Federer proved a key influence in both of those ties with 3 singles rubber wins overall. Italy has never defeated Switzerland on away soil.

Roger Federer (SUI) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Paolo Lorenzi/Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Roger Federer (SUI) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

SWITZERLAND is bidding to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1992.

Switzerland’s best Davis Cup result came in 1992 when it reached the final, losing to a strong USA team comprising Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and John McEnroe.

Switzerland defeated Serbia 3-2 in Novi Sad and Kazakhstan 3-2 in Geneva to progress to the semifinals for the first time since 2003. That year it defeated Netherlands and France before losing to Australia in the last 4.

Switzerland is contesting the World Group for the third consecutive year. Last year, Switzerland lost in the first round to eventual champion Czech Republic 3-2 in Geneva. In the doubles rubber, Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol won the longest match in Davis Cup history in terms of duration after defeating Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli in 7 hours 1 minute. Switzerland then maintained its spot in the World Group after defeating Ecuador 4-1 in the World Group play-offs.

ITALY is bidding to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1998.

Italy defeated Argentina 3-1 in Mar del Plata and Great Britain 3-2 in Naples to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1998. That year it defeated India, Zimbabwe and USA en route to finishing runner-up to Sweden.

Italy is appearing in a World Group tie for just the sixth time since 2000. Its first round win over Argentina this year was its first World Group victory on away soil since defeating USA 4-1 in the World Group semifinals in 1998.

Last year, Italy reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 1998. It defeated Croatia 3-2 in the first round before losing 3-1 to Canada.

In the world group playoffs – winning teams get promoted to the 2015 World Group, losing teams stay in relegations, the follow ties are lined up:
India (c) v Serbia (s) KSLTA Tennis Stadium, Bangalore, India (hard – outdoors)

Brazil (c) v Spain (s) Ginásio Estadual Geraldo José de Almeida, São Paulo, Brazil (clay – indoors) (Bellucci)

Argentina (s) v Israel (c) Sunrise Tennis Club, Sunrise, FL, USA (hard – outdoors)

Canada (s) (c) v Colombia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Canada (hard – indoors) (Raonic, Pospisil)

USA (s) (c) v Slovakia Sears Centre Arena, Chicago, USA (hard – indoors) (Isner, Querrey, Klizan)

Australia (s) (c) v Uzbekistan Cottesloe Tennis Club, Perth, Australia (grass – outdoors) (Hewitt, Kyrgios)

Croatia (s) v Netherlands (c) Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands (clay – indoors) (Coric, Cilic – Doubles)

Belgium (s) v Ukraine (c) Tere Tennis Centre, Tallinn, Estonia (hard – indoors)

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22 Comments for Davis Cup SFs: Federer Tries To Take Switzerland To The Finals

elina Says:

OK, does anyone know where Davis Cup revenue goes and how much, if any, is prize money?

You can pretty much find anything on Google (and Tennis-X) except that.

Virtual Lindt chocolates to anyone who knows!!!

Gregoire Gentil Says:

We are heading to a dream final France vs. Switzerland! France would host.

Interestingly, POPB Bercy arena is booked for three concerts on 11/21~23 so it wouldn’t be an option. It would be impossible to play at Roland-Garros in end of November though with the climate change, one never knows…

The last times France hosted a final, it was in Paris Bercy (Russia 2002), Nice (Australia 1999), Lyon (USA 1991), Grenoble (USA 1982) and Roland Garros (UK 1933!).

FedExpress Says:

where would a DC win rank for fed????

Humble Rafa Says:

where would a DC win rank for fed????
A little big higher than the goat’s tail.

Singles Olympic gold medals, DC wins, etc. Arrogant One is fighting for the second position anyway.

FedExpress Says:

says who hasnt one single WTF title

Fedal Says:

What a joke. Not a single World Tour Final in the bag and here we are talking about being the GOAT. Nadal fans are so blind not even a doctor cannot repair their eyes which are covered with Nadals Famility [False Humility]

Oh yeah now the 23-10 argument will come. Wait for it with 60 % matches played on clay. Wow another badass logic.

Both their records are such balanced, Cannot be given someone more edge in terms of overall career. Fedal together is GOAT. They were made by GOD to compliment each other in every respect.

Fedal Says:

BTW If Nadal finishes with one more non-clay GS and at least one/two WTF; I think he of course will have the edge of being called. But first let that happen, shall we?

Also if Federer wins another GS at this age of 34, then tide is again reversed. Some illogical Federer fans also whine about #18th too soon. So Lets allow that to come close, shall we?

RZ Says:

Switzerland has had a fairly easy road to the DC final (assuming they don’t mess up after today’s 2-0 lead). But their opposition in the final – whether it will be France or the Czech Republic – will be much tougher than their previous opponents. I don’t think we will know who wins the DC until at least the 4th match of the final.

I really hope Fed and Stan can pull it off for Switzerland, but I would also be happy to see France win (so much talent – amazing that they have not yet won with a team featuring Tsonga, Gasquet, and Monfils, plus their many talented doubles players).

RZ Says:

@FedExpress – I think it would be Fed’s crowning achievement for 2014. He’s had a lot of success this year but no huge wins, so DC would be a fantastic way for him to cap off 2014. It would also be huge for Stan to start off with the Aussie crown and end with a DC title.

Felipe Says:

France Switzerland would be amazing….but if czech republic win the doubles….carefull
Italy has no chance

Humble Rafa Says:

Ever since the Best Backhand in Switzerland won the Australian Open, Swiss tennis has been on an upswing. With his immense patriotism, the Best Backhand in Switzerland will win the Davis cup for the neutral nation.

skeezer Says:

^whatever. Eat a cookie.

Humble Rafa Says:

I have lots of cookies in my Davis Cups. They are very yummy.

Humble Rafa Says:

It’s sad to see a so-called champion “rest” for doubles. Your country just lost.

Giles Says:

HR. it was time for his siesta. Old man needs his rest.

Gordon Says:

Anyone notice the longer Nadal’s absense from the game the more bitter his trolls in here get?

MMT Says:

“OK, does anyone know where Davis Cup revenue goes and how much, if any, is prize money?”

Since 1981, Davis Cup has award prize money. This article from 2010 had the prize money at $14M:


Individual tennis federations also may pay money to individual players by their tennis federation for participating in Davis Cup – that’s entirely up to the federation and the player.

Kevin Anderson famously indicated he wouldn’t play Davis Cup because the South African tennis federation doesn’t provide compensation if a player is injured playing Davis Cup, and their paltry compensation makes it not worth the risk.


There seems to be some secrecy surrounding the ITF and revenues from Davis Cup, but it comes primarily from advertising, the title sponsor and ticket sales. If I understand it, ticket sales go to the tennis federation and the venue hosting, but everything else is distributed from the ITF to the participating countries.

Polo Says:

I’ll call that panic attack, Gordon.

Okiegal Says:

What constitutes a troll??

Colin Says:

As in so many instances, people using the internet think everything on earth relates to the interne itself.

Troll is a very old word, and is the name of a demon in Scandinavian folklore, but I think the internet version has its origins in gay slang. Trolling meant hunting for sexual partners, and may have been a corruption of trawling.

The internet trolls aren’t looking for friends – far from it. They are merely trying to upset people, but nonetheless I stand by my guess (which will probably turn out to be dead wrong!).

The best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them, but sadly someone always rises to the bait.

Okiegal Says:

Thanks, Colin. I had forgotten about the old fairytale about the 3 Billy goats gruff and the mean troll under the bridge……I get it now. Mean spirited people could be considered trolls……I don’t think I am in that category…..at least I hope not. I do care what people think of me as a person…..My dear Mother instilled that in me.

Giles Says:

Hey Gordon. You wanna see trolling? Redirect yourself to the Nadal thread where you will see the federer cult at their best/worst.

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