Japan's Shintaro Mochizuki, 18, grew up idolizing Roger Federer and enjoyed watching Federer and Stan Wawrinka lead Switzerland to the Davis Cup title in 2014. Eight years later, Mochizuki is set to make his Davis Cup debut as has been nominated for Japan's tie against Sweden.
Mochizuki admits that he occasionally turns to YouTube to watch highlights of the 2014 Davis Cup final. "Growing up, I always watched Japan play Davis Cup, but I also remember watching Switzerland win the competition," he said.
Mochizuki to the Davis Cup website. "Roger and Stan were on the Swiss team, and they also played doubles together - playing doubles is something I love. It was so much fun to watch and after that I said to myself, 'I want to play Davis Cup.'
"That final is the memory of the Davis Cup that I always have in my mind. In fact, I still sometimes watch clips on YouTube of when Switzerland won. That tie made me grow interested." Japanese team captain Satoshi Iwabuchi nominated Mochizuki, Taro Daniel, Yasutaka Uchiyama, Yosuke Watanuki and Ben McLachlan for the Sweden qualifier.
Japan will be without 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori, so Mochizuki and company will have to step up this weekend. "My coach told me that the federation wanted me to play in the Davis Cup."
Mouratoglou on Roger Federer
Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams' coach for the past decade, took to Instagram on Wednesday to provide fans with a detailed break down of Roger Federer's serve.
"One thing that is very particular about Federer's serve is that he's turned very far to the right when he starts his motion. You can almost see his back facing the net. This allows for great range in motion and body rotation," the coach pointed out.
"He can position himself that way only because he is left-eye dominant, which allows him to still see both the ball and the court. Right-eye dominant players, Alexander Zverev for example, don't use this position because they will lose sight of the ball and the court," Mouratoglou explained.
"As you can see, Federer has a very strong and balanced platform stance. This allows him to load up on his legs as he tosses the ball. If you pay attention to his toss, you'll notice that he guides the ball up rather than throwing it, which helps him keep a very consistent toss," Mouratoglou said.
Patrick Mouratoglou also explained how Roger Federer's loose grip on the racket increases the whip effect on his serve.