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The 2019 Davis Cup playoffs are in the decisive moments and, in addition to the competition, this year the tournament gives us some controversy. The tournament presented us a new format and the new owners, led by footballer Gerard Piqué, introduced the biggest changes in its 119 years of history. But these changes were not well accepted by most tennis players, with Roger Federer leading the crusade against the Barcelona's defender ideas.
The new rules
The last phase of the event is now officially called Davis Cup Finals and has 18 teams. The competition will be played for a whole week in one place instead of in different countries. The first two editions will be played in Madrid. There are six groups, with three teams. The eight best teams advance to the quarterfinals. Matches are played in three sets (maximum).
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Previous point. Roger Federer will not play the Davis Cup Finals because Switzerland has not qualified. But why he refuses to play this year's edition? The Swiss star has always opposed to these changes. First step: Federer does not agree that a footballer owns such an important competition as the Davis Cup. He called it the "Piqué Cup." The Swiss said he is open to innovations and that they are needed, but he did not agree that tennis players wouldn´t decide the future of the sport. Will he take part in the 2020 edition? It is not yet confirmed, but the Swiss have admitted that he is closer to the no. But he's not alone. Berdych and Hewitt are thinking like Federer.
As a mentor, Gerard Piqué admits that he tried in every way that the Swiss was playing in Madrid alongside Nadal or Djokovic. “He is one of the best players in the world and I really enjoyed him playing this competition,” said Piqué, who said too he had done everything to convince the world number three. At the same time, the Spaniard "accused" Federer: He sees Davis Cup like a rival of is his Laver Cup and for that reason didn't play: He can think whatever he wants. We have 119 of history, we think in a different way. We will continue with our lives, ”said Piqué during the tournament.
Complaints and schedule changes
On the second day of the tournament, Nadal warned about the schedule of the night sessions, which start at 18h00. The tie between Spain and Russia, for example, started after midnight in Madrid (00h45) and ended around two at 2 am. Later, a record was close to being set with Italy and the United States ended the match after 4 am, the second game that ended later in history. Djokovic also talks about it. The Serbian sees positive and negative things in this new format. He would like to play in his country, but also said that Davis Cup needed changes. "It is very difficult to make changes in tennis”, he remembered.
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