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Roger Federer to skip 2015 Davis Cup

Roger Federer announced Monday that he will skip the 2015 Davis Cup after winning the competition for the first time last season.
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Roger Federer announced Monday that he will skip the 2015 Davis Cup, according to the Associated Press.

Last year, Federer — along with Stan Wawrinka, Michael Lammer and Marco Chiudinell — led Switzerland to its first Davis Cup title. 

"It wasn't a difficult decision," Federer said Monday at the Dubai tournament. "I have played for so long, and I think by winning it I can finally do whatever I please, to be quite honest."

Federer has an overall 50-17 win-loss record in Davis Cup play. He said the competition has been "a big burden" during his career and believes there is "so much guilt put on you from the federation or from the International Tennis Federation​."

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To qualify for the Switzerland team at the 2016 Olympics, Federer needs to be either offered a wild card entry or show up for one more Davis Cup tie in the next two years. The 2016 Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

In January, Federer notched his 1,000th career win by defeating Milos Raonic to win the Brisbane International.

The 2015 Davis Cup begins on March 6.

- Molly Geary