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Roger Federer set to face France in Davis Cup final

Switzerland`s Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France`s Gael Monfils on Friday, organisers announced on Thursday.

Roger Federer set to face France in Davis Cup final

Lille: Switzerland`s Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France`s Gael Monfils on Friday, organisers announced on Thursday.

The 17-time grand slam champion, looking to give Switzerland their maiden title in the team competition, withdrew from the ATP World Tour final against Novak Djokovic last Sunday.

But the world number two trained on Thursday at Lille`s Pierre Mauroy stadium, where the tie will be played on clay.

Switzerland`s world number four Stan Wawrinka will open proceedings against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday.

Switzerland captain Severin Luthi named Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer to play in Saturday`s doubles against Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet but he has until one hour before the start of the match to change his lineup.

Federer will face Tsonga in the reverse singles with Wawrinka playing Monfils in the potentially deciding fifth match.

France are trying to win the Davis Cup for the 10th time, having last lifted the title in 2001. They lost in their last two finals against Russia in 2002 and Serbia in 2010.

The team led by captain Arnaud Clement beat holders Czech Republic in the semi-finals while Switzerland defeated Italy. 

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