Yesterday I did a recap of the Davis Cup matches after Roger won both his singles rubbers and Switzerland qualified for the World Group and in the wake of his victory I've read a few silly articles on Yahoo and Bleacher report that have blown his post match comments out of proportion and just senationalised it to create a nice looking headline.
Federer Interview After Davis Cup
I need a holiday badly, I'm wounded, tired, and exhausted and need some time off right now and see where I go from here. Nothing has been decided for the rest of year, even though there is a plan in place, that plan might change. I need to go back to drawing board to see what's important.
Depending on which one you did first – read the quote or played the audio then you can easily interpret it in different ways. The text format reads as though he's planning on taking the rest of the season off, whereas the audio, whilst it still makes it clear he needs a rest, doesn't sound like he's struggling too badly.
To be honest I think Roger is still a little annoyed that he lost in the Quarter final to Berdych at the US Open, which is why he says “go back to the drawing board”. That loss will definitely have hit him hard and maybe he's analysing why he lost that match. Did he play too many smaller tournaments? Was the Olympics to blame for making the Summer a hectic one? Who knows. One things for sure though and that's the fact he's played a lot of tennis this year and he definitely needs a break before the Indoor season begins.
I wouldn't be so surprised if he withdrew from one of the winter tournaments but I reckon he'll just take it week by week. If he has 3 weeks off before Shanghai and comes back feeling fresh then I'm sure he will play. But at the same time he's not stupid and if he doesn't feel ready to play then there's no doubt he'll manage his schedule the right way.
Davis Cup = Good for the Fans
In my post yesterday I said that I wasn't a big fan of the Davis Cup and that it's both boring and not worth watching, nor that important in a players mindset. I still stand by that comment but I've watched a few clips today that made me realise it's definitely something different for the fans. Maybe it's just Team Suisse but the player/fan interaction seems way higher and the whole atmosphere seems more orientated around having a good time and chilling out with your friends on tour who you don't see all that often.
I don't think players really place much emphasis on winning it but if anything it seems like it's a good laugh to be in and a fun event to play. It was also good for the Dutch fans to see Roger, as barring Rotterdam earlier this year I don't think he'd played on Dutch soil since 2005, so if they wanted to see him play it'd mean travelling.
Anyway I picked out a few videos below are testimony to what I said above and I enjoyed watching:
Roger Federer singing “we are the Swiss” with his country men and public
The Swiss Davis Cup Team meets the Swiss fans after their victory over the Netherlands
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