As we come to the end of the ATP World Tour, just one final match remains before we are thrust into the high intensity thrills of the Australian Open in January.
The Davis Cup final has been a hugely exciting ride ever since it first began in December, seeing world famous stars such as Rafael Nadal representing their countries in men’s singles and doubles matches.
After eliminating most of the competition however, it now comes down to just two champions – France and Switzerland.
This will be a particularly exciting match for the Swiss side, who have not made it through to a Davis Cup final in 22 years. France, meanwhile, last made the final just four years ago, but ultimately lost out to Serbia. They made it through to this year’s final back in September when they beat the Czech Republic in the doubles rubber, thanks to the racketing talents of Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Swiss team, meanwhile, do not have history on their side when it comes to being paired with France – having met 12 times previously, they have only won twice, but 2014 could be the year in which this is all about to change.
Boasting both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss team have every reason for success this year. At World Number 4 and Swiss Number 2, Wawrinka will surely be a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, Roger Federer may not have age on his side but he certainly has experience, and to this day continues to be considered on the worldwide tennis circuit as one of the ‘big four’ – Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Moreover, not only is Federer World Number 2, but he has also proven his on-court chemistry with Stan Wawrinka. The pair are tipped to play both in the men’s singles and the doubles rubbers at the events on 21st November. Without a doubt, Swiss tennis fans will be hoping that the pair can repeat their 2008 Olympic performance, in which they took home the gold medal in the men’s double event.
However, despite Switzerland being the favourite to take the victory, France have reason to be confident for the upcoming event. With the talents of World Number 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, not to mention years of successful history on their side, this could make for a very exciting Davis Cup final indeed.