A blockbuster Davis Cup final – After Roger Federer's tight three-set win over Stan Wawrinka, right, at the World Tour Finals, talk of a division between the two Swiss ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup final against France surfaced.
A blockbuster Davis Cup final – The issue stemmed from reports that Federer's wife, Mirka, taunted Wawrinka as he tried to close out the semifinal encounter.
A blockbuster Davis Cup final – Federer and Wawrinka reportedly had a verbal bust-up Saturday but both said Tuesday any tension was gone. They were on court together Thursday.
A blockbuster Davis Cup final – Of greater concern for the Swiss, though, is Federer's back. He was forced to withdraw from the final of the World Tour Finals with a bad back and told the crowd of the news.
A blockbuster Davis Cup final – The Davis Cup final is being played in Lille at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, usually the home of Lille in Ligue 1. About 27,000 people are expected to attend per day, which could come close to eclipsing the record for the largest ever tennis crowd for a pro match.
A blockbuster Davis Cup final – Hoping to feed off the crowd are the French, who are desperate to end a 13-year drought. The Swiss are seeking a first title.
A blockbuster Davis Cup final – France has a rich Davis Cup history, bolstered by the Four Musketeers. Rene Lacoste, seen here, helped France win its first Davis Cup title in 1927.