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Federer Pulls Out of Davis Cup Team

BERN (Reuters) - Swiss World number one Roger Federer will not play the first round of next season's Davis Cup.

Federer told a news conference on Wednesday that the decision had been "very difficult" but said his priority for 2005 had to be the defense of his number one ranking.

Switzerland are at home to the Netherlands for the tie in early March.

The 23-year-old, who won three grand slam tournaments in 2004, has been the driving force behind Switzerland's Davis Cup challenge since making his competition debut in 1999.

In 2001 Federer played in all three winning rubbers to earn the Swiss a first-round win over the U.S., a feat he repeated in ties against Morocco, France and Romania.

Federer said the decision to move the Davis Cup's first round to directly before the Masters Series tournaments in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne, had influenced him.

"Those two tournaments are very important," Federer explained. "The tennis year isn't just the four grand slams. When I won Indian Wells last year, I had the feeling that I'd made a big step forward."

Federer said the recent thigh muscle injury that ruled him out of this week's Paris Masters had also played a part in his decision.

"It's essential to get some rest during the season," he said adding he was confident of being fit again in time for this month's lucrative Masters Cup finale.

Federer, who carried the Swiss flag during the Athens Olympics opening ceremony, said he hoped to be back in the Davis Cup team for their next encounter.

Depending on how the team get on without him against the Netherlands, that will be either a July quarter-final or for a battle against relegation in September.

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his choice. he's entitled to not play if he doesn't want to considering he's done so much for the Swiss DC team. but the other boys will be lost in the woods.


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Switzerland will lose in the 1º round without Rogi because Roger is the team

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Who cares? anyway, Ivo can lead them ...

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Good decision from Federer as he want's to do well at IW and Miami, but poor Swizterland, they'll never be able to get out of the first round of DC ties.

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I am sure the Swiss team care

I think in a way this is good for the Swiss team. They will have to step up with Rogi's absence.

His recent injury must be the trigger to put his health first.
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Although I'm sad for Roger, I'm not too sad about this... This means that Holland has a good chance of winning the first round, which means a bigger chance for me to see Spain in Holland in july!!!

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that's too bad... someone knows if he'll indeed play the Masters Cup?!

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Eerily reminiscent of Pete's putting his career ahead of Davis cup ( I support that --the way its structured right now, you get nothing towards atp ranking with DC, and it sucks the bejesus out of you)
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Eerily reminiscent of Pete's putting his career ahead of Davis cup ( I support that --the way its structured right now, you get nothing towards atp ranking with DC, and it sucks the bejesus out of you)
That is so right! Another eery deja vu- in 1997 when Pete played in DC final vs. Sweden, during his match against Larsson he was forced to retire to due a muscle tear- exactly the same injury Rogi is suffering from! That ultimately was the straw that broke the camel's back and thereafter Pete decided to stop playing DC.

People always talk about how McEnroe used to be able to play for DC and still compete at the highest level and be #1, but people forget that the game is not the same as it was 20 years ago, and it is so much more demanding and draining in all aspects- it is either Davis Cup, or #1.

Even Hewitt took out the rest of the post USO season just to concentrate on DC- that is how demanding it is.
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I'm somehow glad he won't play, now I won't have to think of buying tickets (so more money left for other things) and I can cheer for my own country But I'll miss him while watching Davis Cup.


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No Hewitt took out the rest of his season post USO last year because he was sucking and he knew it. The only way to save his shit season, for him personally, was to win DC. Now he had to do some serious training to have a shot at winning matches because he was losing to a bunch of "nobodies" for the better part of the year.

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He is only one guy and no one does a better job in representing Swisserland than he does. DC or not.!
He deserves a break
No need to risk a burn out!
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well its good for the Dutchies..
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Looks like Roger won't be playing any Davis Cup tennis next year.
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