9/5/12 7:11 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer will leave it late before he commits to ride to the rescue once again for Switzerland when his nation plays next weekend to remain in the Davis Cup World group against the Netherlands.
The tie in Amsterdam is still not a dead cert choice for the No. 1, who is thick in the chase for a sixth US Open title and battling the usual wet weather without the benefit of a showcourt roof at Flushing Meadows.
Swiss captain Severin Luthi, one of Federer's coaches, named his best to the Swiss squad along with Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli and Henri Laaksonen.
But Federer's actual presence on court may not be known for another week, depending on circumstances and outcomes in New York.
"It's an interesting choice of surface from their side, playing outdoors on clay," said Federer. "But then again, it's an exciting tie because Dutch fans are always amazing.
"I remember when I played there 2004, maybe 2003. We had a great time. Hope obviously the Swiss can win. But it's going to be difficult. Away ties in Holland are always very difficult."
Federer has yet to absolutely confirm his presence. "I'll take a decision next 10 days. A lot is happening in my life." Playing Davis Cup would leave him three weeks before the start of the Shanghai Masters 1000 in October, an event he missed in 2011 to rest after helping Switzerland to a Davis Cup win in Sydney over Australia.
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