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 actually able to play tomorrow. I’ll give it a go. Definitely looking forward to playing against Gael. I think he’s a great player, very exciting to watch. I like to play against him, too. So things have been going very well for me the last week. It’s been a difficult week, but I’m happy where I am today.”
On Wednesday, Federer had a 30 minute practice session, his first on the red clay in Lille, France.
Federer goes into Friday’s match against world No. 19 Monfils with an 8-2 winning head-to-head record.
“For sure it will help me, this last match on my mind,” said Monfils. “But this one’s going to be different. You have someone you can share your emotion [with] during the match, the captain who can help me, of course, if maybe I’m tight in the match.
“Definitely I expect to play a big match again because I know I need to play a big match to beat him. I’m very happy to have this opportunity again.”
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