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Davis Cup: ready for take-off

22.09.2005 | Tennis

Roger was drawn against world number 262 Alan Mackin in place of the British team's top player Greg Rusedski to this weekend's World Group playoff against Switzerland.

 

Rusedski is expected to be brought in for Sunday's reverse singles, allowing Britain to concentrate their firepower on the matches against Swiss number two Stanislas Wawrinka as well as on Saturday's doubles rubber.

 

Britain's number three Andy Murray will be the first to play Stanislas Wawrinka in Friday's second singles rubber. Rusedski and Murray will then pair up against Roger and Yves Allegro in the doubles. Britain will hope to still be in contention after Murray's rubber with Roger on Sunday, allowing Rusedski to come in for a decisive match against Wawrinka.

 

"Yes, I was surprised," Roger said during the Swiss team's media conference. "You always keep in mind the various options that are there, but I thought it might be Murray that they would leave out. I'm sure they have their reasons though. I'm happy not to be playing Murray in my first match though, and I think Stan is pleased not to be playing Rusedski, who he has never beaten."

 

The crowd will certainly be there to support the athletes all the way; the stadium seats 8'300; 18'600 tickets had been sold until the beginning of the week.

 

 

The programme

 

Davis Cup, Switzerland - Great Britain in Geneva (Indoor; sand; 8300 seats). Friday, 13.00: Roger Federer - Alan Mackin, followed by Stanislas Wawrinka - Andrew Murray. - Saturday, 13.00: Roger Federer/Yves Allegro - Murray/Greg Rusedski. - Sunday, 12.00: Roger Federer - Murray, followed by Wawrinka - Mackin.

 

Referee: Paulo Pereira (BRA). - Chair-referee: Sandra de Jenken (FRA), Hans-Jürgen Ochs (GER).

 

 

Switzerland: Roger Federer (Singles ranking: 1/doubles: 130), Stanislas Wawrinka (60/930), George Bastl (113/587), Yves Allegro (1101/36). - Captain: Severin Lüthi.

Grossbritannien: Greg Rusedski (29/505), Andrew Murray (110/1387), David Sherwood (233/279), Alan Mackin (262/994). - Captain: Jeremy Bates.

 

Head-to-Head: 0:3. - Last encounter: 1985 GBR - SUI 3:0.

 
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09/22/2005 | 07:41 PM
Dear Roger,
Good luck to you and your team. It must be very exciting to play again in your country, for your country after a long time (you are the pride of Switzerland, after all) and so nice to have full crowd support for a change!
I hope the trans
09/22/2005 | 07:34 PM
it will be too easy for you roger!!! i love you
09/22/2005 | 07:34 PM
Hopp Swiss !!!

Its gonna be great with this team and of course our roger.

keep smile
09/22/2005 | 07:31 PM
Good luck Roger and Allez Suisse!
09/22/2005 | 07:12 PM
come on !!!

Kill'em all !! :)))
09/22/2005 | 07:01 PM
Wishing you all the luck in the Davis Cup even though your playing Britain (my home country). Its a tough choice, not sure who to support, although i know i'll definitely be supporting you in your individual matches, but overall, i dunno its a tough deci
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