Tennis: Roger Federer to face Monfils in Davis Cup final

AP, Thursday 20 Nov 2014

Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) shakes hands with France's Gael Monfils during the draw for the Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, November 20, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final.

Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.

Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, was doubtful for the final after injuring his back last week during his win over Wawrinka in the semifinals at the ATP finals.

Switzerland is seeking a first victory in the team competition while France is looking for a 10th title. This is the 13th meeting between the two nations, with France leading 10-2.

The doubles on Saturday will pit French duo Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet against Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer.

Reverse singles are Sunday            

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