Hey all, a bit late posting this but Roger's announced that he's playing in tomorrow's Davis Cup singles match vs. Gael Monfils in Lille. It's been quite a low key week in terms of genuine tennis news and other than a brief 20 minute practice session on Wednesday the Swiss Camp didn't really reveal much until they announced the teams at 12.30 in Lille today.
I'm kind of surprised that Fed has decided to play but when you look at the team sheet of Lammer or Chiudinelli then their options are extremely thin on the ground. Looks like a gamble from where I'm sitting across the Channel but Fed has said that his back is much better and he feels optimistic about his chances.
It's hard to say whether that's just lip service or he genuinely is fit to play; I find it highly unlikely he can be anywhere near 100% considering he injured it less than a week ago and it prevented him from playing an important final. But he's made the decision so we'll just have to see how it goes; hopefully a straight sets win for both Swiss guys to give them some breathing space but judging by Stan's penchant for 5 set matches and question marks over Federer's back then we might be in for a long day.
If you're planning on watching then Fed is the second match after Stan who takes on Tsonga. In terms of what Fed is up again then Monfils is a tough proposition. He's pushed him significantly in their recent meetings; most recently at the US Open where he had 2 match points. He's played well in front of his home crowd before too so Roger has to expect a tough test in what is arguably one of Monfils' biggest matches in his entire career.
Friday (play starts at 1300 GMT):
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Stan Wawrinka
Gael Monfils v Roger Federer
Saturday (play starts at 1430 GMT):
Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet v Marco Chiudinelli/Michael Lammer
Sunday (play starts at 1200 GMT):
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Roger Federer
Gael Monfils v Stan Wawrinka
What do you guys think? Has Fed made the right choice or is he taking a gamble?