Davis Cup Final Preview

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A myriad of story lines have emerged for this year’s Davis Cup final, but perhaps none greater than Roger Federer and the Swiss aiming for their first Davis Cup crown. After retiring in the Barclay’s ATP World Tour Finals, a win for the Swiss looked bleak. However, the four-time BNP Paribas Open Champion looks ready to lead the Swiss against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and an electric crowd in Lille, France.

Tune in for what should be a thrilling ending to an amazing 2014 season!

Will History Be Made?
Roger Federer has accomplished every feat in the world of professional tennis except a Davis Cup title, and he would love to bring the first-ever crown to his home country. While still undoubtedly one of the most dominant talents on the Tour, his timeline for winning a Davis Cup could be closing, and this opportunity makes the event even more special and noteworthy. Stan Wawrinka has an ability to emerge in pressure situations, and conquering his head-to-head matchups could be a key to victory.

Don’t Look BACK
Since Roger Federer’s withdrawal from the ATP World Tour Final, speculation has surrounded the four-time BNP Paribas Open Champion in regards to his status for Davis Cup, but an hour-long practice session on Thursday convinced the 17-time Grand Slam winner that he was ready to go. The theatrical shot making of Gael Monfils and powerful strokes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a tough test for a nagging back injury, but if anyone could overcome such an obstacle, it would be Federer.

Leading Frenchmen
Monfils and Tsonga have enjoyed admirable success throughout their career, and 2014 was no different. Monfils returns to challenge Federer following an epic five-set thriller at the US Open, while Tsonga defeated Federer in their latest match-up back in August.

Stan the Man
Although Roger Federer is slated for the event, the Swiss will rely heavily on Australian Open Champion Stan Wawrinka to help guide the Swiss to its first Davis Cup title. Wawrinka is 2-2 against Tsonga on the clay court, while Monfils bounced the Swiss in their only meeting on the clay surface.

Home Cookin’
Lille is the 39th different city to host a Davis Cup and the fifth in France’s 11 year history of staging the event. The always-entertaining Frenchmen are fan favorites at many arenas around the globe, so the expected capacity crowd of 27,000 should present an even greater advantage. The pressure is certainly paramount, but the crowd will be on their side.