DAVIS CUP 2013
Luthi: Federer Not Done With Davis Cup
by ATP Staff|
Switzerland will take on defending Davis Cup champion Czech Republic in a World Group first-round tie at home this weekend in Geneva. Although they will be without World No. 2 Roger Federer, Swiss captain Severin Luthi is adamant Federer will return to the competition in the future.
“He is for sure not finished with Davis Cup,” Luthi told AP. “[He] didn't take a final decision to say, ‘I'm not ever playing Davis Cup again.’ He just decided for the first half of the year now that he is not playing, then we have to see what he is going to decide.”
Federer played in the first round last year, but was upset by John Isner en route to Team USA pulling off a shocking 5-0 road victory. Luthi insists Federer coming back to play the opening round again this year was never a viable option.
“There was maybe a small chance if he had lost in the first or second round or something [at the Australian Open]. Otherwise, it was not even a discussion anymore in Australia,” said Luthi.
The 31-year-old Federer reached the semi-finals at the first major of the year in Melbourne (l. to Murray) and will next play the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. In 2012, Federer began a 17-match win streak at the ATP World Tour 500 event, winning three straight titles by adding trophies in Dubai and Indian Wells.