The Davis Cup finals are tied up after Day 1, and we now head into the all-important doubles matchup on Saturday. Stan Wawrinka put Switzerland ahead with a strong win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga early on Friday, but Gael Monfils battled back for France and put it to a tie with a dominant victory over Roger Federer.
Saturday is incredibly important for both teams, but with two more singles matches on Sunday, the loser on Saturday can still claim the title by sweeping Sunday. But given the split on Friday, neither side can rely on that, though France obviously has to feel good about its chances after Monfils looked so dominant against Federer on Friday.
Swiss captain Severin Luthi has to make a decision on who is going to play in Saturday's doubles matchup. At the time of writing, Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer are set to take on France's Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, with the French heavily favored to win the match. Federer has said that he'd be able to play on Saturday if need be, and if so, the Swiss team could elect to pair him with Wawrinka and have them pull triple duty for the whole Davis Cup.
If either plays on Saturday, they can't have much left for Sunday's matches, which will see Monfils take on Wawrinka and Tsonga take on Federer. The doubles match is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET, with coverage being carried on the Tennis Channel. There will be repeats of the match throughout the day.