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Re: The Everything Davis Cup Thread (News, Articles, Live Scores)

US Open defeat no guarantee Roger Federer will show up at Sydney Davis Cup fixture

ROGER Federer has refused to guarantee that he will line up for Switzerland in this week's Davis Cup World Group qualifier at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

After being eliminated from the US Open in a thrilling five-set semi final against Novak Djokovic, Federer said his recovery would dictate whether he can tackle the long trip Down Under and relative short turn around.

But he told Swiss reporters that he still wanted to take part because he was close to other players on the national team that arrived in Australia on Friday.

Federer's US Open defeat is a blessing in disguise for the Swiss, because it gives him an additional two days to recover.

Had he won and made the final he would have arrived in Sydney on the eve of the first rubber - at the very earliest. The tight schedule and long distance provoked a complaint from Federer last week, with the World No. 3 expressing his disappointment the tie wasn't held in Switzerland.

Australia have receive a boost, with Lleyton Hewitt appearing certain to fulfill his duties after overcoming his foot injury.

However, Federer promised he'll be hungry for success at January's Australian Open after his eight-year streak of winning at least one grand slam a season was snapped.

"Definitely I've had better seasons, but then again you can't play every season identical," said Federer after squandering a two sets to love lead to lose 6-7 (9-7) 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5 to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals.

From 2003 through 2010, Federer won at least one grand slam.

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