Hey all, thought I'd do a quick write up on the Switzerland vs Italy Davis Cup tie which took place at the Palexpo arena in Geneva this weekend. I haven't had much time to watch it but I did catch some of Federer vs. Bolleli and the last 2 sets of the doubles yesterday. Unfortunately I missed Federer's decisive win against Fognini but it was another straight sets victory for him despite not being at his best.
With the victory the Swiss are now in the final against France who defeated two time defending champions Czech Republic in Paris. A big win for the French really and it looks like the choice to play on clay at Roland Garros paid off big time for them. It should be an interesting final really now, a team of French chokers vs a team who has never won it. Will most likely be a very nervy encounter 😆
I think it will be close as the French have a sold outfit with Tsonga, Monfils, Gasquet and Llodra but I think it's advantage Switzerland as the match will have to be played on an indoor hard court as the tie is in France. Not sure exactly where it will be yet but there's Bercy, Nancy, Montpellier, Marseille and Metz as ones that spring to mind. I'm guessing they will choose the one capable of holding the most fans as it should be a sell out. Indoors is Fed's territory and looking at Stans performance at the World Tour Finals last year he is no mug either on the surface. Tsonga can be good indoors too but Gasquet's style of playing 10 feet behind the baseline doesn't serve him well.
Quick Recap of the Weekends Action
A good weekend for Roger and a nice way to bounce back from the Cilic loss with couple of good wins over best of 5 set play. Obviously there's no point reading too much into a players Davis Cup matches as it's a completely different format and arrangement but it's good to see him not dwelling on a loss and coming out and getting the job done.
I haven't see much of Fed's matches but he's looked fairly solid from what I have seen, a little scrappy but that's due to the quick transition from outdoor hard to indoor courts. Bolelli gave him a pretty hard time in the first rubber but he is just one of the players who doesn't know how to win matches. Fed on the other hand just knew what he had to do, didn't drop serve and although it wasn't an eye catching match for the tennis itself it was a perfect start to the tie for the Swiss.
I missed all of the second rubber but from the highlights and and commentary it's obvious Stan just manhandled Fognini to beat him in straight sets. There are plenty players who can hit as big as Stan, but when it comes to sustained firepower he's one of the best, every ball comes with something on it and when he is capable of teeing off without errors he's very tough to play against. That victory put the Swiss in pole position at 2-0.
Saturday's doubles saw the Swiss decide to rest Roger and they went onto lose in 5 sets. Really they should have won but Chiudinelli made some really costly mistakes in the fourth and fifth set. I don't know a whole lot about doubles strategy but from what I saw it looked like he was getting in some terrible positions and just making life difficult for himself. Stan wasn't exactly in peak form either and that cost them in the fifth.
Overall though I think resting Fed was the right decision, had he played doubles and the Swiss had lost then he would be both tired and under pressure for his singles rubbber; not an ideal scenario. Of course he was still under some pressure to shut the door in the fourth rubber but he came in rested which I think made the difference.
Fognini played singles and doubles, so he had far more games in his legs and he's never been able to trouble Federer in two previous meetings. In fact Fog hadn't won a set the previous encounters and he's now 3-0 in the H2H with zero sets to his name. If you have no weapons like the Italian then you are always going to struggle to really make an impact against the GOAT.
Again I didn't watch the match but caught some quick highlights and both guys were pretty scrappy. Fed actually looked tentative early on and should have been broken but once he got into the lead it was always going to be easier for him. The second set was again not eye catching with only 1 or 2 real crowd pleaser rallies but Roger won it yet again by playing the important points well. Fair play to Fognini who didn't go away in the third set forcing a tie break but Roger just came up with a sweet cross court winner at 4-4 and then closed it out with an ace for 6-4 before Fognini made a forehand error on the first match point. Cue the wild celebrations.
Match Point vs. Fognini
Who are you guys picking in the final?