Thirteen. A figure that thrilled all superstitious France and Navarre. For the team of France’s Davis Cup, the figure inevitably sounds like the number of years that separate the time she brandished his last silver bowl. Since 2001 and the success in the face of Australia Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt, while world number one, the Blues have systematically failed in the finals (2002, 2010 and now 2014). This year, while the final takes place “at home” – as in 1982, 1999, 2002 – the French failed to unseat a Swiss team led by Stanislas Wawrinka (world number 4) and Roger Federer ( number 2). In its history, France has won only once in Davis Cup when it was organized in the country: in 1991, led by Yannick Noah.
So much invoke the thundering form Stanislas Wawrinka , who won the Australian Open and the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo this year, and the impressive rise of Roger Federer – a victim of back pain all week – d First defeated by Gael Monfils on Friday and won twice Saturday and Sunday single decisive . Swiss players really untouchable? Stop bad faith! Listening to some commentators, the team of France Version 2014 consisted of players from second zone. Except we can not bear to bare Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – winner of the Masters 1000 Toronto there three months, beating Djokovic, Murray and Federer in the same week – make it a potential winner at the US Open, and then all of a sudden forget magic bat. Indeed, for now, officially, his injury in Davis Cup was declared after the match against Wawrinka. Therefore, it was 100% against the Swiss. And lost to fair.
Especially since a year ago to the day, it’s none other than Richard Gasquet, beaten twice during Saturday and Sunday in the decisive single, which was praised so after his great season and participation at year-end Masters, which brings together the eight best players in the world. The year before, in 2012, Tsonga was participating for the second consecutive year. In 2008, it was Gilles Simon. We must resolve to reality: France has never had in its history with a density of players of this caliber. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet have all been involved in at least a semi-final in a Grand Slam! As a team of broken arms, it was worse! Switzerland, it has “only” two players of this magnitude. And she won the first Davis Cup history with these two, and no one else.
Furthermore, why sell off the Masters 1000 Paris-Bercy in 2014 on the grounds that the final of the Davis Cup is played three weeks later must be resisted and preparation? This was the case of almost all French players, some confessing at the time a hint: none of them has reached the stage of knockout in the one organized in 1000 Masters France! For their part, the Swiss have not expressed such moods: Roger Federer tried everything and has all played thoroughly to recover the place of world number one, forced to withdraw only to the final of the Masters because his pain; Stanislas Wawrinka failing in the semifinals after three hours of fierce battle against the same Federer. It was there eight days …
Then ancient custom among the French tennis players, one will discover that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was finally wounded, which prevented him from taking part in a double and single Sunday against Roger Federer. Switzerland, for its part, has resulted in all and for all fifty minutes before his first single Friday … If the wound of French number one no doubt, it gives particular prominence to the debacle of the French .
Chris Evert, the legendary American player with 18 Grand Slam titles, said at the time: “The real talent is to react the same way in victory and defeat.” So what about when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga spear out of his loss to Stan Wawrinka: “The audience applauds more Swiss than us in the stadium is practically hear more Swiss than French It’s a little.. hard. On a ball where there is a dispute, I’ll just watch the brand, I’m whistling in my own country! And nobody says anything … That’s a bit annoying! ” Perhaps we need to be reminded to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that the public pays squares, it is not a claimant automatic applause as an American sitcom and especially that it is free to choose who he wants to support! Especially since this finding was not at all applied to Gael Monfils, cheered by the audience during his match against Federer a few minutes later.
So the disappointment is huge on the French side, it is obvious. But the excuses for either side will change nothing. The tricolor clan has to go to the obvious: to win the Davis Cup, there is no place for small excuses that reflect too wobbly mindset to win. In 2001, there were two winners of grand slam in the face and a world leader (Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt). In 1996, it was the énormissime Stefan Edberg, 6 Grand Slam titles to the counter. In 1991, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, 22 Grand Slam titles between them. To lift the silver bowl, you have to be ready to move mountains. These Bleus then were not.