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05 September 2011

Federer to lead Swiss against Aussies


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Photo: Paul ZimmerRoger Federer (SUI)

Roger Federer will lead his nation’s bid to gain promotion back to the World Group when Switzerland travel Down Under to face Australia next week.

The deadline for player nominations isn’t until tomorrow, but the Swiss have already confirmed their team line-up for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie at the Royal Sydney Golf Club on 16-18 September.

Swiss captain Severin Luthi has announced a full strength squad that sees Federer named alongside Stanislas Wawrinka, Stephane Bohli and Marco Chiudinelli.

Switzerland, without the services of Federer, were relegated in 2010 after losing to Kazakhstan, but bounced back in July with a 5-0 victory over Portugal to leave them one win away from a return to Davis Cup’s top tier.

Federer, the world No. 3, was back in action against Portugal and his presence in Sydney will leave the visitors as red-hot favourites to record a first ever win over Australia on their fifth attempt.

Australia are never a push over, though, particularly on home soil, and the emergence of Wimbledon quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic, now ranked No. 60, provides a much needed boost for new Aussie captain Patrick Rafter, who is yet to announce his team.

Rafter will also be hoping that Lleyton Hewitt, Australia’s talismanic former world No. 1, will be back fit after he was forced to withdraw from the US Open with a recurring foot injury.

Check out our Roger Federer photo gallery from the Davis Cup archive.

DAVIS CUP RADIO: Live commentary of the World Group semifinals - Spain v France and Serbia v Argentina - will be broadcast on the Davis Cup website, alongside round-ups of all the action from the World Group play-offs (16-18 September).

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