by Mauro Cappiello
Roger Federer lost his first match in a Davis Cup final in straight sets against Gael Monfils. The Swiss was clearly struggling on court, limited by the back injury he suffered in his ATP World Tour Finals semifinal against team mate Stan Wawrinka.
Today's images brought many to compare Federer's bad luck to the one happened to his coach Stefan Edberg in 1996, when he played his last official match in the Davis Cup final in Malmö right against France. Serving on 2-3 in the first set of the opening rubber, Stefan twisted his right ankle at the net.
He took a long injury time-out and had his foot treated and taped, but that wasn't enough to allow him to get back to the court at his top. He lost that match in straight sets, too, and was unable to compete again in the following two days of the final, that Sweden eventually lost in a dramatic decisive match.
You can see the images of his injury in the clip below, an excerpt of the complete match that was recently shared on Youtube for the first time by the account UBchristennis.
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