Friday 6 December 2019

Roger Federer is fit for final as wife stays away

Mirka Federer is understood to be skipping the Davis Cup final in Lille, which may be a bonus for team unity after her dramatic contribution to Saturday's semi-final at the O2 Arena in London. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Mirka Federer is understood to be skipping the Davis Cup final in Lille, which may be a bonus for team unity after her dramatic contribution to Saturday's semi-final at the O2 Arena in London. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Simon Briggs

Roger Federer's wife and family are not expected to attend the Davis Cup final in Lille this afternoon, but his Swiss team-mates were close by his side yesterday as they smiled their way through the draw ceremony.

Mirka Federer is understood to be skipping the event, which may be a bonus for team unity after her dramatic contribution to Saturday's semi-final at the O2 Arena in London. But Stan Wawrinka was right on message as he downplayed the fallout from the controversial match, which was followed by a frank and full exchange of views between the two players in the courtside gym.

"For sure, [it] was tough to lose against Roger with four match points," Wawrinka said. "But I took a lot of positives from that week. I'm feeling great from London, a lot of confidence from there."

The attention can now shift from the soap opera of the Swiss rift - which has apparently healed and reached its natural conclusion in any case - and on to the equally thorny question of Federer's back.

Just as Andy Murray's back issues have been an ever-present theme in the narrative of his last 12 months, so Federer's topsy-turvy form - down through most of 2013, when he reached only a single grand-slam semi-final, but very much up this year - has owed much to the condition of his spine.

Judging by Federer's comments yesterday, there was still a real chance that he would not play in the opening round of matches when the team turned up at the indoor clay court - which the French have slowed down in an effort to neuter Federer's fast and furious net play. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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