Swiss team: Federer 'not finished' with Davis Cup
GENEVA (AP) — Roger Federer might play in the Davis Cup again, although the 17-time Grand Slam champion won't represent his country before the U.S. Open in September.
Switzerland captain Severin Luethi told The Associated Press that Federer hasn't written off the team competition, which his country has never won. Federer is skipping the first round series at home this week against defending champion Czech Republic.
"He is for sure not finished with Davis Cup," Luethi said.
Still, by not making his Davis Cup plans clear in recent months, the 31-year-old Swiss star has been the target of some criticism at home.
Federer opted last October to schedule more rest periods and time with his family this season, said Luethi, who is part of the player's entourage on tour.
"He could really plan until, let's say, the U.S. Open more or less," he said. "For him, it's sure that he doesn't play the first two ties."
Switzerland can earn another home series in the quarterfinals in April, against Austria or Kazakhstan, by beating the Czechs on indoor hard courts in Geneva. The semifinals and relegation playoffs follow the season's final Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.
Federer "didn't take a final decision to say, 'I'm not ever playing Davis Cup again.' He just decided for the first half of the year now that he is not playing, then we have to see what he is going to decide," Luethi said.
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