Komm jetza! Davis Cup in the bag baby! With this title the GOAT ticks yet another box off in his already very complete resume. There will always be more to achieve but as far as ticking off the boxes go there is now hardly anything left to achieve. You can say he hasn’t won Rome and Monte Carlo, or the Olympic gold in singles. But those are minors as Roger have played finals in Rome and Monte Carlo several times and won a doubles gold at the Olympics. You wouldn’t put it past him to achieve those things but they are not crucial. Congrats to the Swiss on winning their first ever Davis Cup! This is a big deal for Switzerland and tennis in that country, even though it may not be that big a deal for an individual player. With a legend like Roger and a very good second player in Stan it would have been a shame if they couldn’t take the opportunity of winning a Davis Cup.
In the end the Swiss did it relatively comfortably as they won the final 3-1 when Roger defeated Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. It sounded like Roger was counting on Stan to win it for the Swiss in the interview after the doubles which I found strange, because I thought Roger would take confidence from what happened in the doubles and his back seemed OK. But Roger was his old self against Gasquet and didn’t show any sings of carrying an injury. So that in itself was very encouraging. He played some clay court tennis which I didn’t know he still had in him looking perfectly at home on the surface. Clearly the fact that he couldn’t start training earlier on clay had a big effect and playing doubles was in the end a stroke of genius almost. That clearly helped Roger to adjust and boosted his confidence. In the end the year ended on the best note possible with Roger in good health, playing well, and a Davis Cup title in the bag!
The big moment for Swiss tennis and their favorite son
It would have been a big anti-climax if Roger missed out on the Davis Cup after having already missed out on Wimby and the World Tour Finals so heartbreakingly, especially if it was because of injury. But in the end he got his big reward for playing a terrific season of tennis and all his well in Federer land again. I’m liking his chances in Australia already after getting a boost from winning the Davis Cup and getting some much needed rest. But of course no expectations as Djokovic will want to win back his favorite slam after what happened this year a and Nadal will be back too. Knowing him he will be in top form from the first ball he strikes and could definitely be a factor in Australia. But with Roger’s new found mental strength I’m not worried about him as much. Then there will be Stan as well who seems to be back to the form that saw him win in Australia this year so there will be no lack of competition that’s for sure.
I just hope the courts are slightly faster like they were this year because that would really help Roger with his new found net game and serve. But let me get back to the Davis Cup. It was nice to see Roger after clinching the tie for the Swiss saying that he has achieved enough for himself and that this win is for the team. The interviewer was intent on asking him what this meant for his personal resume but he would have none of it. I mean he could have tried to take center stage and make this about him after getting the winning point and being the Swiss number one player but he was humble about it. And lets face it it is after all a team competition and he just wouldn’t have been able to do it without Stan at least. Stan was also the best player in the final and his confidence rubbed off on Roger. As for the Davis Cup final itself the atmosphere was amazing and unlike anything you experience on the ATP Tour.
Marco looks pleased
That is the appeal of the Davis Cup and it is not something even Roger have experienced before. The team format of Davis Cup is also special because it is the only notable team competition in tennis. Winning the title obviously meant a huge amount to Roger as he fell the the floor after hitting that sweet final drop shot, and he was in tears as well. In the end it was the perfect end like I said because it means that Roger didn’t lose both his singles matches and fittingly got the winning point for the Swiss. And had he lost there would have been an awful lot of pressure on Stan. Something else that is worth a mention is Clement’s choice of Gasquet as the singles player who had a poor year by his own standards. Benneteau would have been the better choice given how he played in the doubles and the fact that he has given Roger more problems in the past than Gasquet.
Also why did the French not choose Simon over Gasquet? They could have played Simon against Roger which would have been even more difficult for him. That said, he would probably have beaten whoever they put in from of him. He seemed really sharp and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the clay season in 2015. I said clay is now by far his worst surface but I’ll have to take that back after what he showed against Gasquet. I’m sure he has a few things to prove on clay next year too after what happened the last couple of years. He is still an awesome clay courter but Nadal does remain a big obstacle at the French. Well what a fantastic end to another fantastic year as a Fedfan and I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I did. As always onward and upward and I will try to make some posts in the off season to keep things from getting boring.
Brisbane is just around the corner!