Swiss legend Roger Federer made a late decision to join the 2014 Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka for the Davis Cup first round tie in Serbia. Federer was not on the original list of nominations and has not played a first round Davis Cup tie since 2005, so this surely is a surprising news.
Federer has played 22 ties for Switzerland, holding an impressive 43-15 record overall and 32-7 in singles but it's no secret that the competition has never been a top priority for him. But if there's one hole on his tennis resume, it's the lack of a Davis Cup title and he must feel that there is a solid chance to change it in 2014.
This would normally be a great Davis Cup tie and an opportunity to see Novak Djokovic face Roger Federer in front of his home crowd. But that won't happen as the world No. 2 is taking off and will not play the tie. That's a real shame as it would have been fun to watch him play Federer in a venue that would be surely against the Swiss great. Serbian team won't have its Top-three players as also Janko Tipsarevic is injured and Viktor Troicki serving a doping suspension. Instead Dusan Lajovic, world No. 102, who lost his both matches against Czech Republic in last year's final will be the team leader. "Federer's arrival surprised everyone. It tells us that the Swiss are taking this match very seriously," said Serbia coach Bogdan Obradovic.
If Federer remains in the team then there is a good chance that he and Wawrinka will lead Switzerland to the 2014 crown as they would play the winner of Belgium vs. Kazakhstan tie in the quarterfinals this April. And with these two Switzerland is probably the strongest team in the competition.