Summer is drawing to a close at last in the Northern Hemisphere, and Roger Federer, who has played every match but two in every tournament he’s entered since the Madrid Masters, is just about totally spent.
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After his straight sets drubbing of Potato StarAce , Roger complained of general exhaustion and a leg problem. Gee, is anyone surprised? I get tired just looking at him.
“It was a tough weekend for us and I’m happy I could help Switzerland win. I was able to play very well. I have to go on holiday badly. I have a problem with my leg, I have a problem with my arm — everything is hurting. And I’ve got to do some baby-sitting.“
Meanwhile, the Fed is in Italy and suddenly, every pumpkin-tanned Italian celebrity wants a photo with the Leonardo Da Vinci of tennis. Well … if you insist, Georgio Armani.
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Now Roger, here’s a blanket and a pillow: HIBERNATION. I don’t want to see your friggin face for at least another week.
As Switzerland clinched its place in the world group, so did India. After losing Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi from the team to injuries, India made its way into the Davis Cup World Group for the first time in 11 years, lead by two time NCAA singles champion Somdev Devvarman.
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The Somdev Millionaire had won his first singles rubber, but had a slow start against RSA’s Rik de Voest. After getting down 2-sets-to-0, the 24 year old, who just turned pro last year, fought back valiantly to win 36 67(3) 76(5) 62 64.
Over in the Netherlands, Jo-Willy did his bit for the Fraternity, winning all 3 rubbers to seal the place for France in the World Group.
His opponent, former junior Wimbledon champ Thiemo de Bakker put up a spirited challenge, at times outhitting Tsonga. But Jo-Willy kept his marbles this time, closing out the tie 76(5) 62 36 76(4) as the Fraternity showered him with love and affection.
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Jojo liked it.
For the rest of the ties: the Sod can now party with the Swedes, as he steamrolled Hanescu 75 61 60 to hand Sweden the place in the World Group next year.
Excuse me as I interrupt my own write-up with a plea to the Tennis Gods.
Dear Tennis Gods,
The Yoker must make the World Tour Finals.
Yours in tennistical angst,
PS. Put the Sod, del Potro and Rafa in the same quarter at the Australian Open next year. Kthxbye!
Getting back to the DC, Serbia and Belgium also made their way into the World Group, with the remaining spots still to be decided between Chile/Austria, Brazil/Ecuador.