Switzerland Wins First Davis Cup Title

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!

 

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47 Comments

  1. With some brilliant scheduling, I think that Monte-Carlo and Rome can be won in 2015!!!

    And Australia – well when we get to it we can talk about it more. I would love it if Roger starts the year properly by winning Brisbane. There will be some opposition though.

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  2. Nice post, Ru-an. I agree with everything you say. What a pleasure it is to be a fan of this great champion! He has accomplished so much, and 2015 could be shaping up as the Ultimate Statement Year for the Maestro. I just feel an 18th Major in my bones. If my intuition proves correct, it will be massive for Roger’s legacy. It will prove all the doubters and haters wrong, and show everyone that his 2014 resurgence was not a fluke. And considering his age, it would add a stunning luster to the achievement. A 34 year old man defeating a string of seven much younger players—now that would be jaw-dropping, to say the least. So go to it, King Roger! Rest, heal, and above all, keep stoking that fire in your belly, that burning desire to conquer ever-higher peaks, to take in vistas that no one has ever seen before or ever will again.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Balthazar. Agree that an 18th slam next year is possible and that it would basically make him the undisputed GOAT. Just gotta stay healthy but judging from DC that should be no problem.

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    Vily Reply:

    I am just happy that Roger finished on a high note.

    He “cured” his back and won the Davis Cup and was able to play both Doubles and Singles and was able to win convincingly in the end in a best of 5 format AND on clay!

    Simply awesome!!! :-)

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  3. Such a feel good victory! Kudos to the champions!! If it had gone to the 2nd reverse singles , Monfils + the crowd could have done it for France. But it was such a master class from Roger, hitting 62 winners in 3 sets. His backhand shots looks heavier compared to last year – I wish if he gets one more shot against Rafa in French open. Hopefully he will skip the IPTL and focus on restoring his full health before next season.

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  4. Hey Ru-an. Hope you’re feeling well. I’m so glad that Roger recovered as well as he did and ended the year with such a magnificent performance. Nothing more beautiful than a top form Fed playing freely up 2 sets. Pure joy for me to watch. I’m wondering what you make of this fast tennis exo with Hewitt he signed up for. Why mess around with that in the lead up before the Aussie Open?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hi Eric. How is everything going with your personal slam? This is the first time I hear of the exho with Hewitt. I think it’s silly. Isn’t he playing an exho with Stan, going to India, and playing Brisbane already? Sometimes I don’t understand his decisions.

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    Joe Reply:

    If Hewitt is healthy, he’s likely to make Roger work hard too.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well exhos are exhos but why bother when he just had another back problem? If anything I would think he will play less and cancel the Stan exho or India. But now he’s playing more?

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Eric,

    I’ve been meaning to check in too. I think you said a while back that you are back stateside now, right?

    Sorry if that story turned out be out of my depth… but hoping you hit it for 6!

    Best,
    Joe

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Here is a link to the exho http://www.sportal.co.nz/tennis/news/federer-to-play-hewitt-in-special-exhibition-match/tvalxcp7w33q129bmlula6xuq

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    Eric Reply:

    Sounds pretty gimmicky. I have played a few club matches with these kinds of expedited rules and I hated it. I found those no ad games and no let serves to be particularly annoying. Because they completely overturn the normal rhythm of a match, they could be harmful to his prep. I hope not, I WANT THE AUSSI!!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I wouldn’t worry about it hurting his game in any way Eric. It’s just an exho and something different. It’s just like practice and in hindsight I don’t see it being a bad thing.

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    eric Reply:

    I’m actually quite glad hear you say that. Having to play deuce points like ad out points was very jarring for me, but I am certainly no Roger – haha.

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  5. Hi guys. Thanks for asking. Yep, I’m home and am just flat out working my ass off day and night, trying to make the absolute best out of this opportunity. Life isnt too exciting right night now, pretty much just me bleary eyed sitting at my computer. My goal is to deliver a draft by Christmas and take a couple of weeks break, but that is ambitious. More than anything, I really want to produce the best work I ever have in my life. How lucky I feel to have Roger as both a joyful occasional distraction and a great inspiration for working hard and achieving excellence.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey I’m glad to do some more research, just let me know!

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    eric Reply:

    Hi Joe. Thanks very much. The research, prep, etc is all done and now it’s all about execution, and though I would welcome it, no one can help me there.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Eric. Similarly I feel very lucky to have this blog with such a great audience that is an outlet for creativity, inspiration, and entertainment. There is just so much to learn from Roger, his eternal optimism, work ethic, and the way he interacts with people. Good stuff. All the best to you as you continue to chase your dreams.

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    eric Reply:

    Thanks brother, and you as well. Still looking forward to your LA visit one day!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah me too. I wouldn’t mind living there actually.

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  6. Hey guys, what do I think about Roger’s exho with Hewitt? I love the dude, but sometimes he makes me mad. His back and body are OBVIOUSLY giving him a warning that he should be careful. Why ignore it and why is his team not saying anything? And if they are saying something to him, why doesn’t he listen?? He wants to do so much for his fans worldwide, but he has got to remember: he is just ONE PERSON and has just only got ONE BODY !!!
    Please Roger, you know your body the best, please listen to it. You can win SOOOO much in 2015 and 2016, but you have to take care of your body and back. You are not 23 anymore.
    Hope you make the right decision….

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    Rajeesh Reply:

    Completely agree with you Katyani. He should be taking a long break till Brisbane and aim for AO. Now we dont want to him to miss any of the Grandslams and the bid for No 1!

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    eric Reply:

    I don’t like the weird format but one thing I’ll say about resting verses playing is that Roger has said he attributes some of his success this year to Edberg getting him to load up the schedule more, to keep match ready rhythm going rather than hot and cold all the time. It seems to have been a good thing.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Look if his body allows him why not? Is there such a huge difference between practicing and playing an exho? The exho may be even better as it is a match situation and will help him to stay match fit as you say.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Ru-an, it is just not as simple as playing an exho and that’s it.

    It is also the traveling and what about all the press and commitments he will have to do? How much time and energy will that cost and take out of him? You know they will squeeze every ounce out of him.
    Look what happened at the SA-exho. He has so much press and commitments besides the exho that he lost his first 2 or 3 exho-matches.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    How bad will the press be for his back? And this is not like the SA exho. He is not going to Australia to play an exho. It’s part of his usual schedule going to Australia, and it’s a warm up for the AO.

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    Florian Reply:

    Ruan, I agree with you. I also think that there is a difference between the SA-exhos and the exhos in December and January. He won’t have to travel much for the 2 upcoming events.
    You are also spot on with the “match fit” thing. In an interview Federer also said that playing points helped him remain in a good rhythm. http://www.tennisnow.com/News/2014/nov/Federer-Says-Edberg-Wanted-Him-to-Play-More.aspx

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Rajeesh and Eric, I agree with you. Listen, I am just worried, but ofcourse Roger knows best. He knows his body the best and he is the Goat of scheduling afterall. I just want him to take as much victory out of 2015 and 2016 as he can. He really can be world number 1 again and he really can win a lot. Other players (even the top 4) won’t underestimate him anymore. And with Edberg on his side, he can and will accomplish sooooo much.
    And please believe me Rajeesh and Eric, It is not that I don’t want him to play. Are you kidding?? I love to see him play as much as I can, but not if it will cost him his health….

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    Rajeesh Reply:

    Katyani, Whenever Roger plays Exhos It kind of fills me with bad intuitions. Remember what happened in 2007 when Roger Played Exo with 35 YO Sampras, he lost a match! From that moment his bad time started, loosing in AO Semis, French Open defeat and Wimbledon loss. Whenever we assoiciate Roger with Sampras we only remmeber the Wimbledon 2001 but never this Exho in 2007! I hope nothing like that happens this time!!

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  7. Ps: What also bothers me the most, is if the powers to be want to make a change or want to practise something before they make it a rule….. why ALWAYS ask Roger?? Don’t they know that he just cannot say no?? Why not ask the current world number one Novak or someone else?? Why always Roger??

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Could be that Roger wants to be in the mix when it comes to all things tennis. I’m sure that Fed wants to play as much as he can for as long as he can. Maybe going back to Sydney will fill him with good vibes, of course hope he takes Mirka with him haha!

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  8. Did you hear how good Roger Federer is? ….. How good is he? …. Well, I’m glad you asked. He beat Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1 at the WTF. I’m sorry, but that was so awesome, I had to mention it as well. G

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  9. From the first photo in this post, we can see that Roger plays a pretty mean air guitar too…
    ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha maybe I should let you do the captions from now on.

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  10. Hey Ru-an,

    Thanks, that is very kind! But we all know I couldn’t hold a candle…

    Anyway, when you entitled that picture “The big moment for Swiss tennis” – I thought that’s what you meant – that Roger was starting to branch out on the court!
    (j/k)
    :-)

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  11. Hey all…. just calling to say hi :-) What’s up??

    How are we all liking this “Rogerless” days?? :-) :-)

    That is why…. the dude should NEVER retire :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not much Katyani. That IPTL league is nonsense and not even worth the watch. I’ll just hold out until Brisbane. It’s good to have a break from tennis anyway even though it doesn’t feel that way.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, I agree about the IPTL. Not much interested in it myself, but I will watch when Roger plays :-) I would love to see the reaction and love he gets there :-)
    IPTL is nonsense, but one thing was very entertaining to watch…. the number of DF Maria made in one single match because she can’t handle playing in 20 seconds :-) For THAT alone IPTL is worth watching :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol! What a petty that I missed that. Is it on youtube?

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  12. Hey Ru-an, what’s up?? Where is everybody?? Waiting for Roger to come in Brisbane?? They know he is playing before that too right?? :-) Are you following Roger at the IPTL? I am, just for him. He looks to be enjoying himself and the team is raising their game because of him. But Bhopanna and Mirza are amazing players themself, especially Bhopanna.
    The ovation Roger and Pete got were seriously mindblowing. Wow…. Roger is BIG in India :-)

    Today will be very important. Roger vs Novak. I think they both will take this super duper seriously. Roger wanting to “prove” that had he been at WTF-final that he would have won. Novak wanting to “prove” that had Roger been at WTF, it would not made any difference because he would have beaten him anyway.
    A “simple” set with a lot riding on it !!
    I mean, isn’t it strange that Boris Becker is also there? I mean, Seve is not even there with Roger, why is Boris there?? What are they up to??
    Anyway, would not matter if Roger lost to Novak, because yesterday he literally saved the day as the hero :-) Go Roger.
    Ps Ru-an, it is sooooo great to see Roger and to see him play. (But I did feel bad for Pete….).

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Katyani Pete looked tired he must have been so jet lagged! One good thing about this tennis is that it so quick fired, set is over before you have time to think about it. Looks as though it is quite light hearted for now! Hope Fed’s winning way continue today x

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Elizabeth, I actually like it. Not all of it, but seeing Roger play AND having fun…. is just awesome. Did you know he “tried” to dance?? Seriously dude, don’t…. :-)
    I love seeing him have fun. And India is totally loving him. I felt sorry for Pete. Jetlaged, but he tried.

    Oh and… I know none of you are Berdy fans (I am :-) ), but I felt sorry for him. He didn’t play Saturday in order to stay fresh for his match against Roger on Sunday. And what does Roger do?? Arrives Saturday, practises for seriously only 20 minutes and STILL beats Berdy :-) GOAT

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  13. I don’t know about you guys, but Roger proved he is the GOAT. Beat Birdshit and the best player in the world in both singles and doubles! I know it’s just exhibition, but still…..Djoko was pretty serious (even had Becker with him) This IPTL fast paced tennis suits Roger to a t. Other players just can’t keep up with him. And, if anything, this IPTL proved that Roger plays best when he is RELAXED. I think this IPTL has only inspired/given a boost to Roger and is good for him. Plus it’s been fantastic for Indian fans and the adulation for the GOAT anywhere in the world knows no bounds, is unprecedented and will never be repeated in tennis history for all ages.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hi Veronica. How are you? I was not very into this IPTL thing which looked like just another exho to me but I was pleasantly surprised with it last night. I enjoyed seeing Ivanisevic vs Santoro, the doubles which involved Fed, and most of all the Djokerer match. They actually played unbelievably well and of course Roger just edged it. Makes you wonder what a show they would have put up if it wasn’t for that match vs Stan which screwed Roger’s back up. The courts in India did look like it suited attacking tennis better than London, but whatever the case may be Roger stole the show even though his team lost.

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    veronica Reply:

    I’m well, Ru-an, thank you; but busy coz it’s end of the year. Yeah, the courts do look suited for attacking tennis. And I don’t really care that his team lost. MOST important is Roger won his matches; all of them, I think; and especially against Djoker; heh heh!! That’s all I need for now! Sweet satisfaction! GOAT!!!

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    Jiten Reply:

    Hi Sis, great to know that you liked the “Touch of India”. Or should it be, touch of the GOAT which federized the Indian tennis fans? Against all the negativity apprehended by many of us (including myself), IPTL turned out to be quite a show. Of course, when our man is a part of it, it has got to be a super duper hit. Man, this guy has some divine power which enables him to create ripples in everybody’s mind! Check this out: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tennis/international-premier-tennis-league/Roger-Federer-mesmerises-Delhi/articleshow/45408736.cms

    By the way the issue throwing coins in the report may sound funny. But that is what the people do here to the deities. It is a custom of throwing coins at the idols of the Gods they worship! Ha ha ha :-)

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    veronica Reply:

    Bro! Were you watching Roger?! Envy, envy, envy, all you lucky Indian fans!! There’s nothing I love more than a relaxed and cool Roger and wasn’t he so in all his matches?!! There’s some cool chemistry going on with Clownfils and Roger, don’t you think so??!!! Yeah, about the throwing coins to diety thing, Roger is treated like a diety EVERYWHERE he goes. It’s really mind blowing how he can command such devoted attention. He doesn’t even try (like trying to look good all the time, put on attitudes, say impressive things, etc) He just carries on being his normal regular self and people are like falling on the ground worshipping his every move!!

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