Hey folks. Just a quick post from me to update you on Roger’s injury and Davis Cup. The good news is that Roger will play the first singles against Monfils tomorrow after Stan opens against Tsonga. I say good news because it’s always nice when Roger plays, but I am also hoping he is not taking any risks that could cost him in the long term. Roger already made that mistake last year when he played with a bad back and it ended up costing him badly. I know it’s not an easy situation for him though. It’s the Davis Cup final and this may be his last chance to win a trophy he has never won. I have already made it clear what Davis Cup means to me but I realize for Roger it is a big deal and for me it is important in the sense that it could really inspire Roger for 2015 if the Swiss win the Davis Cup, especially with the eye on Australia early next year.
Three key figures for the Swiss
I was of the opinion that should there be any risk of making the injury worse then Roger should not play Davis Cup, but of course it is Roger’s career and hopefully he is making the right decision. The tie will open with the Stan vs Tsonga match which will obviously be huge. Whoever wins that match will probably be the favorite to win the tie. Stan has to really show what he is worth here. He doesn’t have any excuse after what happened in London. He played well there all week except for the match against Djokovic which it seems he tanked to save energy after losing the first set. And even though it seems that Mirka was the one at fault for what happened in London, Stan still needs to show his true worth here. It seems Mirka in her eagerness to support Roger actually worked against him in London. She really should have known better than to trash talk Stan as he was about to receive serve, especially since it was apparently not the first time it happened.
Of course this caused the altercation between Roger and Stan after the match which may even have caused Roger to miss the final. Who knows but it’s over now and it is just nice to see Fedrinka seems to have diffused the situation and that they are on friendly terms again. I think we all got a bit emotional about the situation including myself, and there is no need to assign blame. I’m sure Mirka also learned from the situation. I hope Stan can deal with the extra responsibility that is on him now with Roger having health problems. He will need to beat Tsonga as Gasquet and Benneteau will probably win the doubles against Chiudinelli and Lammer. This means the Swiss will likely need three singles points to win the tie. If Stan loses against Tsonga that will put a lot of pressure on Roger, which he doesn’t need with his injury. Ideally Stan wins both his singles and Roger only needs to win one.
One key relationship for the Swiss
Roger was hitting yesterday for 20 minutes I think and today he was hitting a bit longer. He said he would play singles without any hitting at all if he needed to which makes me kind of worried about his mindset. That sounds like Davis Cup is almost too important to him. I just hope he makes the right decisions and doesn’t jeopardize his health again. The rest of his career is more important than Davis Cup. Ideally the Swiss wants to win the tie in two days which would mean Roger doesn’t have to play a second singles, but that is very unlikely. Roger will probably have to play a second singles but at least he will get Saturday off to rest his back. I have said before that Davis Cup means nothing but that is not entirely true. Even though it means very little for the individual resume in my opinion it is still a very nice extra to have and will just make Roger’s resume a little more complete.
Not to mention what the Davis Cup title could do for Roger’s singles career moving forward, so Alllez Swiss!!