Roger Federer will not participate in the Davis Cup this year, after leading Switzerland to its first title in the event, against France, last year. Apparently it was not difficult for the Swiss to make this decision, and he said, "I played a lot of matches in the Davis Cup and, with last year’s victory; I think I've finally reached my target, and now I can do whatever I want, to be honest.
In addition, there is always a lot of pressure on me by the federation and the ITF, so I'm glad to finally be able to close this chapter." Federer also added that the decision to take part in the Davis Cup last year was more for his teammates than for himself.
"I really wanted that Michael (Lammer), Marco (Chiudinelli) and Stan (Wawrinka) to achieve this target, because they deserve it. This year, I knew immediately that I would not have participated", he said. In addition to Federer, the Swiss team will be without Stan Wawrinka for the match against Belgium, to be held from 6th March to 8th March.
"I hope that Stan will play the next round, maybe in September, so that Switzerland can remain in the World Group. Could they win without us? Anything can happen, but certainly we will not be the favorites against Belgium", the 17-time grand slam champion added.
Federer, however, may have to play in the Davis Cup to qualify for the Rio Olympics next year. But the Swiss also stands a chance to receive a wildcard for the 2016 Olympics.
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