Federer declares himself ready for Davis Cup

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer says he is feeling fit for Switzerland's Davis Cup tennis playoff against Australia which starts on Friday.

This content was published on September 15, 2011 minutes and agencies

It comes hot on the heels of the world number three’s bitter semifinal loss at the US Open.

Federer, who only arrived in Australia on Wednesday, will play three matches in the Davis Cup tie, starting with a singles match against longtime rival Lleyton Hewitt and followed by a doubles pairing with fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

Wimbledon quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic will face Wawrinka in the opening singles match, while Hewitt will join Chris Guccione in the doubles.

Despite a busy schedule and just two days to prepare for the grass courts at Royal Sydney Golf Club, Federer said on Thursday he had a good feeling about the upcoming matches.

“I'm not sore, sorry to disappoint you,” the 16-time Grand Slam winner told Australian reporters. “I'm feeling good, really good actually.”

Six-times Wimbledon champion Federer has won 17 of his 25 matches against 2002 Wimbledon-winner Hewitt, but Hewitt won their last match on grass last year in Halle, Germany.

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