Following a less-than-stellar start to the Davis Cup final, Roger Federer was able to rebound on Saturday afternoon with a pivotal win in the doubles rubber to hand the Swiss team a 2-1 lead heading into the final day of professional tennis this season.
Armed with his inspired partner Stan Wawrinka, the pairing put on a clinic against the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet before eventually closing out the match in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
“I’m really happy, clearly,” Federer said after the match. “Out on court helping the team and trying to get back to winning ways. It helped that we played so well today. Always a pleasure to play with Stan but I think today we played exceptionally well.”
While Federer failed to get a point for the Swiss team in the second rubber against a possessed Gael Monfils, he will get a chance to close out the tournament tomorrow in the fourth rubber against Richard Gasquet. Considering the Davis Cup trophy is the only remaining title missing from Federer’s remarkable collection, it will likely be one of the most important matches of his career.
“ I’m relieved to say that I’m actually feeling really well. Yesterday was quite an easy match on the body. Didn’t have any muscle pain. I’ll try and play my best tomorrow and hopefully I’ll feel fine again.
“I feel like I am at 100 percent,” Federer confirmed. “I’ll give it 100 percent and that’s all I can do right now.