Roger Federer spoke about the new Davis Cup format that is being introduced this week in Madrid featuring the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Swiss said multiple times that his career in this team competition may have ended.
Gerard Pique believes Federer sees the Davis Cup as a rival for his own event, Laver Cup. Federer only had good words for the 119-year-old tournament: "I hope it goes well, I really do. Davis Cup has been very important for me too in my career.
I was in the team in 1998 when I was 17 and then I played my first match when I was 18 against Italy and I learned a lot. I remember playing them, the tie was difficult, it was best of five, an intense weekend, I had great friends and players on the team that were like bigger brothers for me and had a lot of issues as well as captains in good and bad ways.
I had to learn and grow up quickly, so I am thankful to the Davis Cup, what it has taught me. Now we need to give the Davis Cup format a chance, see how it's gonna go. Of course, best-of-five (sets' format) is not around anymore, the home-and-away ties are not around anymore as much.
I will follow it a bit although I am busy here, but I hope it's gonna go well and for me winning in '14 was one of my big achievements in career with (Stan) Wawrinka for Switzerland after trying for so many years, that was a big win in Lille in front of 25,000 people in France. That was crazy. I hope it goes well and the Davis Cup has always been very important."