Federer made himself available for the doubles yesterday and he and Wawrinka beat Benneteau and Gasquet in straight sets to take a 2-1 lead in the tie.
12:00 – Gasquet v Federer
Tsonga was due to play this match for France but has pulled out with an elbow injury.
Federer leads the head to heads 12-2. Both Gasquet’s wins came on clay although his last win came in Rome in 2011.
Federer has won their last 4 matches in straight sets including one on clay in 2012.
Federer has never won the Davis Cup. He had problems with his back against Monfils but it loosened up as the game went on. He looked fine in the doubles yesterday. Unless he has had some sort of reaction to playing yesterday he really needs no more motivation to beat a player he has dominated for many years.
Gasquet does respond well to the Davis Cup atmosphere and no doubt the crowd will try to rattle Federer. That isn’t easy unless they get personal and include comments about his wife.
Gasquet may sneak a set if Federer takes a few games to get his back loose. The Frenchman’s backhand will have to be at its very best if he is to have a chance today.
Federer starts at 1.35 but its worth waiting for a better early price.
I will preview Monfils v Wawrinka if Gasquet somehow manages to win and take it to the 5th rubber.