I'm happy for Alan that he is playing Davis Cup again. He grew up in Glasgow like me so I always wish him well but to be honest he is about 23 now and I think he is about as developed as he is ever going to be. He plays mainly Challengers and I'm not sure if he will ever get into the top 100 so this is a career match for him. Something he can look back on and say he played Roger Federer because I am not sure if he will ever get the chance again in an ATP event. The first match against Roger is a write off for GB anyway. GB's only hope is winning the two Wawrinka matches and the doubles. Resting Greg for doubles and 3rd day singles makes sense so I'm glad Alan was given this chance. He has absolutely no pressure. He should just go out there and enjoy it and give it his best.gooner88 said:I feel for Mackin though; you wonder what a thrashing by Fed would do for his confidence and development as a player.
Even though I'm not sure if Alan will make the top 100, it would not surprise me if he did one day because he is a really hard worker. A lot of the British players ranked in the 200s and 300s rely every year on the Wimbledon wild cards and don't just have enough desire. Alan goes out to Challengers and Satellites all over the world every year while a lot of British players stay close to home and get wild cards at British events. Even in mid December last year he was playing Satellites in Indonesia. So if anything this is a reward for hard work and I hope Roger is not too hard on him