After splitting matches in the opening day of action at the Davis Cup final, the doubles rubber on Saturday relieved some of the pressure from the Swiss team as they prepare for the reverse singles rubbers on Sunday afternoon. First up, Roger Federer will attempt to make history and complete his trophy collection with his first ever Davis Cup title. He can achieve that goal with a victory over Richard Gasquet in the opening rubber of the day.
After a less-than-stellar start to his Davis Cup run, Roger Federer silenced doubters when he, along with partner Stan Wawrinka, dominated the doubles rubber against the formidable team of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet. He appeared confident and pain-free as he volleyed his way to a 2-1 lead over the French team heading into the final day of action in Lillie.
Undoubtedly, this will likely mean that he is fit and ready to perform against the French No. 1 on Sunday.
While he had arrived on the practice courts early Saturday morning, which could have been interpreted as a sign that he was expected to play the doubles rubber with Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was rumoured to have opted out of the rubber because he didn’t “feel right about playing.” Whether this is an effect from his four-set loss to Wawrinka the previous afternoon, or simply the pressure of performing in the crucial doubles rubber, it is very hard to tell.
After losing in straight sets to an inspired Gael Monfils on the opening day of the DC Finals, Roger Federer will try to clinch the title for Switzerland for the first time, adding this prestigious team trophy to his collection. The Swiss star is undoubtedly the massive favourite to beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Whether he finds the magic is anyone’s guess.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Four Sets