Grand Slam titles? Check. Olympic gold medal? In doubles, but also check. The Davis Cup? That’s something that Roger Federer has failed to win for Switzerland and himself, but this weekend might be the last chance for him to get his hands on that title.
Switzerland, as you might expect, aren’t exactly a powerhouse in the Davis Cup arena. They have one final appearance in 1992, losing 3-1 to the United States (with Agassi and Courier as their Single’s players) while Jakob Hlasek and Marc Rosset represented the Swiss.
With Federer (who began playing Davis cup tennis in 1999) the Swiss have never been further than the semifinal (2003) and not making the World Group quarterfinals since 2004. The partnership with Stanislas Wawrinka when Federer has actually played hasn’t brought home silverware or too much success.
Federer himself went undefeated in David Cup Singles matches from 2004 to 2012, but he’s no longer a guaranteed two points in a best of five scenario. However, for the first time he isn’t the number one Swiss player on the team, which might help ease the pressure, slowly shifting towards Stanislas Wawrinka, the newly crowned Australian Champion. Doubles will be played, at least in the upcoming clash with Serbia (playing without Novak Djokovic) pairing of Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer.
There’s not that much time left for Federer in Tennis, no matter the frame of the competition. The question of whether or not he has one more Grand Slam title in him remains, although all the signs from the last 14 months point towards a resounding no, but things are different in the Davis Cup, with a lot more variables that might help him achieve the only thing left for him to mark down as ‘mission accomplished’ and help lead a small Tennis nation like Switzerland towards surprising glory.