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
At the age of 33, Roger Federer, the most popular tennis player of the world decided to offer himself Stefan Edberg’s services. After the very controversial year, the Swiss has put himself into question: he wants to return at the level of 2009.
This season Roger Federer competed for nine finals, and if he lost five, he was crowned in Halle, Dubai, Cincinnati and for the first time of his career in Shanghai.
Since yesterday, he has been participating in the Master’s Paribas BNP and he will also take part in the final of the Davis Cup which will oppose Switzerland to France in Lille from 21 till 23 November of this year.
If the question is posed, it is because Roger Federer has not gained every titles yet. However incredible it can sound, the Swiss has two more battles to win to become unbeatable. He still needs to conquer the battle for the Olympic gold (in individual) and the Davis Cup.
by Morgane Pareille, IEJ 3E