Roger Federer will join Stanislas Wawrinka on Switzerland's Davis Cup team for this weekend's first-round tie against host Serbia. Federer was not on the original list of nominations, but the news was confirmed by the official Davis Cup Twitter account:
Federer has not played a first-round Davis Cup tie since 2005 and he skipped the tournament in 2013. It's no secret that the competition has never been a top priority for him. Since his first nomination, in 1999, Federer has played 22 ties for Switzerland, holding a 43-15 record overall and 32-7 in singles.
The tie will be played on an indoor hard court in Novi Sad, Federer's most successful surface. Novak Djokovic has no plans to play. If he sticks to that decision, we won't get to see him face Federer in front of his home crowd. That's a shame -- it would have been fun to watch him play Federer in a venue that would be definitively against the Swiss great.
Wawrinka tweeted this on Wednesday:
Look who I found in Novi Sad ... @rogerfederer and Captain Severino! pic.twitter.com/nsq9IQYHiD
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) January 29, 2014
And Federer followed up with this tweet:
Exciting pic.twitter.com/IQZbaEv4ES — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) January 29, 2014