• Federer reportedly heading straight to Australia

    9/12/11 7:38 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Federer reportedly heading straight to Australia Roger Federer has annulled any doubts that he will lead Switzerland in the Davis Cup, with the world No. 3 on a plane and headed to Australia from New York less than 24 hours after being dealt out of the US Open semi-finals.

    The Swiss was reportedly making his way to Sydney for the tie which begins Friday, with rest on board at a premium during a 24-hous globe-spanning journey. The tie is key for both nations, with the winner returning to the World Group in 2012.

    Had Federer beaten Novak Djokovic in their tight five-set semi-final at Flushing Meadows, scheduling could have become a problem due to the delayed men's final in New York.

    The rest of the Swiss side, with Stanislas Wawrinka taking his usual backup role to Federer, have arrived in Sydney. But training time was precious due to poor weather in the city.

    Australian captain Patrick Rafter will go with his young gun Bernard Tomic, old pro Lleyton Hewitt, plus Marinko Matosevic and Chris Guccione.

    "The boys have trained really hard for the last three or four days, so it's probably not a bad thing for them to have a break," Rafter said. "We're happy with our preparation all we can do is our best and that's by preparing the best and we've done all that so far."

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