The veteran Marc Rosset was confirmed on Wednesday as the captain of Switzerland's Davis Cup team. The announcement came after Rosset's 7-6 7-6 defeat by second-seeded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, in the Basel indoor tournament.
No announcement was made concerning the coach for the Davis Cup team.
The team has been without a coach since the death of Australian Peter Carter in a road accident in South Africa earlier this year.
Juan Carlos Ferrero held on for a straight sets victory, but not before going the distance in each set with Swiss wild card Marc Rosset, 7-6(11), 7-6(4). Rosset held four set points in the first set, but didn't have enough to take down Ferrero, who is currently in 4th position in the ATP Champions Race.
Roger Federer advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against lucky loser Martin Verkerk. Michel Kratochvil, who was scheduled to face Federer in the first round, pulled out of singles and doubles with tonsillitis and a fever. He was be replaced by lucky loser Martin Verkerk from The Netherlands. In doubles, Kratochvil and partner Alex Corretja were replaced by Swiss team Yves Allegro and Marco Chiudinelli.
What the Players Said:
Kratochvil: "Everything got worse last night. I was shaking and I wasn't able to sleep. I have a fever and my throat is swollen. It's a pity because I was really looking forward to this match. It would have been a special match against Roger (Federer) here in Switzerland. There would have been a lot of emotions and fire on the court."
"My results haven't been that great the last couple of months, I wanted to end the year on a positive note. Now I don't even know if I will be able to play next week in Paris."