1/31/13 3:32 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer is sitting out another Davis Cup tie as Switzerland face the reigning champion Czech Republic in Geneva indoors.
But the player's good friend and traveling coach Severin Luethi - who happens to also be the Davis captain - says Federer is far from done with the team competition.
The world No. 2 last played a first round in 2007 when he beat Czech Radek Stepanek. But since then, he has concentrated on his ATP singles and ridden to the rescue regularly in September relegation round play to save his nation from falling into the lower reaches of the event.
"He is for sure not finished with Davis Cup," Luethi told the AP. "He could really plan until, let’s say, the US Open more or less. It’s sure that he doesn't play the first two ties."
At age 31, Federer is picking his shots these days, spending February defending titles in Rotterdam starting a week from Monday and Dubai, his training base. If the Swiss beat the Czechs, they could against play at home in the April quarter-finals against either Austria or Kazakhstan.
Luethi said that his mate "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 that had Australian Open semi-finalist Federer lost in the early round he might have been on the Davis side. "But otherwise, it was not even a discussion anymore in Australia."
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