After initially rejecting an offer to join the Swiss Davis Cup team for their first round tie against Serbia, it appears that 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has had a change of heart. The Swiss tennis federation confirmed Federer’s participation Wednesday after it was first announced on the Davis Cup’s official Twitter account.
Team Switzerland is expected to make the announcement official prior to the cut-off of one hour before the draw is made on Thursday 30 January so the final team is yet to be made official.
The Serbian squad, which championed the competition in 2010, is hosting the match without any top-100 players as Djokovic pulled out of the tie several weeks back and Janko Tipsarevic is recovering from a heel injury. Viktor Troicki is also absent from the team as he currently serving a doping suspension.
“Federer’s arrival surprised everyone,” Serbia coach Bogdan Obradovic told The Associated Press. “It tells us that the Swiss are taking this match very seriously.”