Today, ROGER FEDERER is about to play a quarter final game against MILOS RAONIC in the Master 1000, indoor BNP PARIBAS MASTERS. The Swiss, second at the ATP leaderboard, has clearly the objective of winning all his games, in order to become the number one again. His next step: the DAVIS CUP final, against FRANCE in 20 days from now. This cup is the only trophy missing at his name. The Swiss team will have to defeat France, at home.
No Frenchie at all is remaining in the Master 1000,which is still on inParis. JO-WILFRIED TSONGA, GAEL MONFILS and RICHARD GASQUET will probably be the starting team for FRANCE in the Davis Cup. The three aren’t in a great shape, as can be seen from the eliminations of the tournament by NISHIKORI, DJOKOVIC, and BAUTISTA-AGUT respectively. However, according to the three players, the early elimination from the Paris tournament could be benefitil for them. Indeed, they will have more time for their physical preparation. TSONGA was saying yesterday that the final against SWITZERLAND will probably be the most exiting game of his career; the Frenchies will play at 200%, in front of their public.
We can expect a memorial Tennis event in a wonderful arena, the football stadium of LILLE, the PIERRE MAROY STADIUM.
Raphael Chesnais-Poler, IEJ1B