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2005 May 03 - Davis Cup: GB v Switzerland

Great Britain face a testing Davis Cup World Group play-off against Swtizerland in a match which could see Great Britain return to the elite-16 tennis nations from their current Europe/Africa Zone Group.

The most important factor is whether World No.1 Roger Federer will play for his country as he decided not to play in their last tie against the Netherlands, which they lost 2-3.

Roger's personal win/loss record in Davis Cup is among the best in Swiss history, standing at 26-10 (19-6 singles and 7-4 doubles) since his 1999 debut.

The retirement of Tim Henman from Davis Cup is a blow for Great Britain in such a decisive tie but Jeremy Bates (Great Britain Captain) is still looking forward to the prospect of taking on the Swiss miester:

"It's an exciting challenge. The opportunity to play against the world number one is something everyone should look forward to.

"He didn't figure in Switzerland's last match against Holland but I'm working on the basis he will be playing against us.

"But we still have a chance of pulling off an upset.

"Greg has faced Federer a few times already this year and although Federer has looked awesome, Greg has been in with a shout."

Jeremy will stick with the team which performed so well against Israel. His on field captain Greg Rusedski and young guns Andrew Murray, Alex Bogdanovic and David Sherwood.

The Swiss team may or may not feature Roger Federer but compatriots Stanislas Wawrinka, George Bastl, Marco Chiudinelli and Yves Allegro who were defeated by the Netherlands will be available for selection.

The tie will take place in Switzerland over the 23-25 September.


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