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Daily Dispatch: Federer Talks End of Year Plans

Roger Federer

After clinching Switzerland’s Davis Cup win over the Netherlands with a commanding performance against Robin Haase, Roger Federer spoke about his plans for the rest of the year.

“I need a holiday badly,” the World No. 1 confessed. “I’m wounded, tired, exhausted. I need some time off right now, and then we’ll see where I go from here. Nothing’s been decided for the rest of the year. Even though there’s a plan in place, that plan might change.”

Federer faces an uphill battle in keeping his World No. 1 ranking through the end of the year. He has 3000 ATP ranking points to defend in 2012, while Djokovic needs to defend just 560. If Djokovic chooses to play even a moderately full schedule, he could overcome Federer’s current 1335 point lead. So it’s possible Federer will not play in Asia, though he had planned to add Shanghai this year, if he decides it is impossible for him to keep the top ranking.

While watching a Davis Cup dead rubber match on Davis Cup TV between Thiemo de Bakker and Marco Chiudinelli, who was inserted in the place of World No. 17 Stan Wawrinka, the commentator for the match apparently hadn’t heard of the substitution, and didn’t know who Stan Wawrinka was, because he spent the vast majority of the match calling Chiudinelli by Wawrinka’s name.

For a set and a half, the commentator marveled over de Bakker’s dominating play against the “World No. 17 player,” and how it would be quite an upset if de Bakker were to beat “Wawrinka.” Unfortunately for him, Wawrinka was actually sitting on the bench on the sidelines, cheering for his Swiss compatriot Chiudinelli.

During the first set, as “Wawrinka” struggled against the “much lower-ranked” de Bakker, the commentator speculated that perhaps “Wawrinka” was struggling against de Bakker because he wasn’t motivated to win the match after Federer had clinched the tie for Switzerland.

When the second set reached a tiebreak, the commentator apparently realized the mistake, but instead of admitting he had been calling the player by the wrong name, he began calling Chiudinelli, “Switzerland,” and “the Swiss.” Although the match itself was a meaningless dead rubber, the spectacle of the commentator and his subsequent verbal calisthenics after realizing his mistake became one of the more entertaining things from Davis Cup weekend, albeit for the wrong reasons.

Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer closed out clinching matches for their respective countries, setting up a blockbuster Czech Republic vs. Spain Davis Cup final. Though the Spanish team holds a rankings advantage over the Czech Republic’s players, the finals will be held on Czech home soil, so they will have the advantage of choosing the surface and the venue to suit their needs. Since the Spanish players prefer the slow clay, expect to see the tie played on a fast, hard surface, which Berdych prefers. Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, a solid hard court player, could be a possible substitution for Nicolas Almagro, who is better suited to clay courts.

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