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Swiss take 2-1 lead

23.11.2014 | Tennis, Starseite 1

The Swiss Davis Cup team showed an overwhelming display today to take their country 2-1 ahead of France. Roger and Stan were at their best today, clearly defeating Benneteau/Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.


The two decisive singles are scheduled for tomorrow: Roger will start at 1.00 p.m. against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Hopefully the other singles between Stan Wawrinka and Gaël Monfils will not be necessary.

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11/23/2014 | 10:37 PM
I am here, just got in, I am happy, very happy, so are all the Swiss here. We have been celebrating as you might have guessed. We could not quite believe how well it went today. We knew Rog would come out fighting and determined, but even so, he must have been nervous, but as someone said next to me, "Roger is back!" So wonderful to do the Mexican wave with the team and jump around in sympathy with them, and, yes, cry with them!
11/23/2014 | 09:50 PM
5. Federer's exceptional record of participation is rare compared to the great players in history, compared to today's top players and compared to other Swiss players in history.

- Federer has played 67 matches/rubbers in 26 ties (i.e., 2.58 matches per tie) in 14 years of DC competition. He played singles and doubles in 21 of his 26 ties.
11/23/2014 | 09:49 PM
4. Federer won DC in a year when he challenged for year-end No. 1 up to the end of the regular season. Nadal and Djokovic were never the year-end No. 1 -- or challenging for year-end No. 1 at the end of the season -- in those years when they actually played in the DC final. In those years that Nadal and Djokovic were year-end No. 1 they reduced their DC burden -- they either skipped DC or played intermittently.
11/23/2014 | 09:48 PM
Until recently Federer did not have a consistent reliable second player (Wawrinka's overall DC win loss was 23-25 before this final
11/23/2014 | 09:48 PM
3. Federer won DC without a deep team (Federer-Wawrinka played all singles and doubles matches in the final and quarterfinal). Spain is so deep and strong that it would have won most of those four DC finals during the Nadal era -- even if Nadal did not play (e.g., Spain-without-Nadal won the 2008 DC final away in Argentina on hardcourts). Serbia needed four players to win its 2010 DC final. Nadal and Djokovic rarely play doubles in DC (unlike Federer who usually also plays doubles for his team).
11/23/2014 | 09:47 PM
Nadal played all 4 rounds only once in 2004, when he wasn't a top player in rankings or on the team.
11/23/2014 | 09:46 PM
2. Federer won the DC having played all four rounds of the competition this year (first round, quarterfinals, semifinals, finals) as a top player -- indeed, Roger won the match that clinched the tie in three of those four ties. Nadal skipped two rounds in 2008 (DC final away in Argentina, first round away in Peru), skipped two rounds in 2009 (semifinal, quarterfinal), skipped one round in 2011 (quarterfinal away in USA).
11/23/2014 | 09:45 PM
1. Federer won an 'away' Davis Cup final played on the opponent's choice of location and court (in France on clay court). Both Nadal and Djokovic never won or played in an 'away' DC final. They played only in DC finals at home on their preferred court surface (for Nadal it was Spain on clay court in 2004, 2009, 2011 DC finals; for Djokovic it was Serbia on hardcourt in 2010).
11/23/2014 | 09:44 PM
"Federer's one Davis Cup title has five rare characteristics that Nadal's four DC titles do not have:"
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