Roger Federer's Back is Key in Davis Cup Final

Roger Federer picked up an injury during his hard-fought win over Swiss teammate Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Finals. As Switzerland face France in Davis Cup, a lot will depend on Federer's path to recovery and whether he will be able to give his full.

Updated: November 19, 2014 18:45 IST
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Switzerland's Roger Federer, second left, during the Swiss team media conference at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France.

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Paris: Roger Federer was at the top of his game in London last week, sweeping past opponents as if his age were not an issue. A back injury over the weekend changed everything, casting serious doubts over his chances of winning the Davis Cup, or even playing against France in the final.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion picked up the injury in a hard-fought win over Swiss teammate Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Finals, forcing him to retire ahead of the title match against Novak Djokovic.

One statistic speaks volumes about the seriousness of the 33-year-old Federer's injury: His walkover at the season finale marked only the third time in his career that he withdrew before a match, each time due to back problems.

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