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Roger Federer: Timing of Davis Cup Spells Trouble for the Swiss

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot against Marin Cilic of Croatia during Day Six of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2016

What’s the point?

That’s what many players are thinking in the wake of the announcement of the time and dates for next week’s Davis Cup shootout between Switzerland and Australia in Sydney.

The festivities kick off on Friday and that leaves no time for Switzerland’s Roger Federer to prepare.

Rain washed away Tuesday’s slate at the US Open and the finals for the tournament have been pushed back to Monday. That means Federer would have to hop on the first plane available to make the brutal 24-hour flight.

With the extreme time difference, that means Federer would have around one day to get ready for Friday’s first match.

What if Federer losses the US Open finals in heart-breaking fashion? He would have to get over it in a hurry mentally…but could his body get over it physically?

Obviously the Swiss team will be relying heavily on the greatest tennis player of the last decade and the team will be all but toast if Federer decides not to play.

Judging by his comments, he may end up backing out:

We'll see how it goes. I hope I can get there and play against the Aussies.

It is what it is. It's a very unlucky draw for us.

Doesn’t exactly sound encouraging.

This comes after Federer was critical of the growing trend of players retiring from matches. He resides in the school of playing through whatever sort of problem you may have and leaving it all on the court.

For him to back out of this without an injury would make him look like some sort of hypocrite…so expect him to suck it up.

This is not the distraction Federer needs right now.

He just destroyed Juan Monaco 6-1 6-2 6-0 to reach the final eight on Monday and is looking like a guy that’s on a mission. Dealing with this issue is not the distraction he needs.

The Swiss are now behind the eight ball and hopefully the poor scheduling of the event doesn’t derail their chances before the event even begins.

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