The cities of Madrid (Spain), Innsbruck (Austria) and Turin (Italy) will host the Rakuten 2021 Davis Cup Finals, starting Thursday, November 25, with 18 teams competing to become world champions. The multi-site format, which is being introduced for the first time this year, will see each site host two of the six groups. The winners of those groups, along with the two second finishers with the best records, will qualify for the quarterfinals. Innsbruck and Turin will host a quarter-final each, while the last five days of competition will take place in Madrid, and the Spanish capital will host two quarter-finals, both semi-finals, and the final on December 5. Due to the measures taken by the Austrian government against the Covid-19 pandemic, all matches in Innsbruck will be played behind closed doors. Venues and Groups Madrid Arena, Madrid (ESP) Group A: Spain, Russian Tennis Federation, Ecuador Group B: Canada, Kazakhstan, Sweden Olympia-Halle, Innsbruck (AUT) Group C: France, Great Britain, Czech Republic Group F: Serbia, Germany, Austria Pala Alpitour Arena, Turin (ITA) Group D: Croatia, Australia, Hungary Group E: United States, Italy, Colombia How the 18 teams reached the 2021 final Four teams qualified automatically: – Spain as the 2019 Davis Cup champion. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has been one of the greatest ambassadors of tennis over the past two decades. He has gained respect not just from fans but also from the other players that are on the Tour.
Llodra pays tribute to Roger Federer
Recently, former French tennis player Michael Llodra reflected on the greatness of Roger Federer. The former doubles Grand Slam champion has faced the Swiss maestro a number of times during his playing days, and whenever they came across each other, the Frenchman would be mesmerized. The 41-year-old player stated, “Roger Federer. I had the chance to face him several times. We are a year apart, I’ve known him since I was 12. We grew up together. I didn’t think he would have such a monstrous career. He was a very good player, we could see that he had facilities, but from there to predict that he was going to become or one of the greatest players of all time…” The three-time doubles Grand Slam champion further added, “He had flashes but he was a bit nervous and had ups and downs. As soon as he managed to sort it out, he became a whole different player. He has such ease, all his shots are perfect.”