“I need a holiday badly,” Federer said after leading the Swiss to a Davis Cup play-off win over the Netherlands.
“I’m wounded, tired, and exhausted and need some time off right now and see where I go from here.
“Nothing has been decided for the rest of year, even though there is a plan in place, that plan might change. I need to go back to drawing board to see what’s important.”
First of all, let me say that Roger helped the Swiss Davis Cup team to win 3-2 against the Netherlands by winning both his singles matches against De Bakker and Haase respectively, both in straight sets. He did lose his doubles match with Wawrinka, however. I’m not even sure why he played doubles, as it would have tired him out even more. I’m glad that the Swiss won but let me say that I think playing Davis Cup was a big mistake. I even read somewhere that Roger said that Davis Cup doesn’t mean that much to him and that he just plays so that he can be with his Swiss teammates who are his friends(He really said this. I just can’t find the link).
This makes no sense at all. So he would rather spend time with his friends than end the year ranked #1? As you can see above he is exhausted. And the Roger we know cares more about personal achievement than winning for a team. Someone told me that if he doesn’t play Davis Cup he’s got the whole nation of Switzerland on his case. But so what? He knows he has meant more to Switzerland than any other person probably just by concentrating on his personal career. Why would he care what people say? By playing Davis Cup he has all but ruined his chances to end the year ranked #1.
This is something I find hard to understand. He is exhausted and will surely skip Shanghai now. If he does not then he will have to skip Basel or Paris, which means he will not end the year ranked #1 and equal Sampras’ record. Shouldn’t this be a priority? This is one very important record that he has not equalled or broken yet. But not just that, if he would end the year on a high and go into 2013 as the #1 ranked player in the world! I really don’t understand this. This is so unlike him. Roger has always been someone who thinks long term and surely he wants to ‘win’ 2012 and thereby enter 2013 as the man to beat.
By playing Davis Cup Roger has seriously jeopardized his chances to do that. Djokovic has gained momentum since the US hard court season started and he will probably end the year ranked #1 now. Since Djokovic lost in the US Open final Roger still had the chance to be the best player of 2012 at age 31. Yes, Djokovic has the better record in slams, but he won the same amount of slams as Roger and Roger won the Olympic silver while Djokovic didn’t get a medal. If Roger won the Masters Cup and ended the year #1 he would surely have been the best player of 2012. He has to stay on top of his rivals.
By playing Davis Cup it seems to me he is giving his main rival right now a window of opportunity. Knowing Roger he will not jeopardize his health right now by playing the four events he has scheduled for the rest of 2012. So I just don’t understand his decision to play Davis Cup. What’s your thoughts on this matter? The floor is yours.