SYDNEY -- Switzerland's team manager confirmed that No. 3-ranked Roger Federer will arrive in Australia on Wednesday for the Davis Cup tennis tie against Australia starting Friday.
Daniel Monnin was reluctant to talk about Federer at the Switzerland team's news conference Tuesday, but said he would be in Sydney for the World Group playoff.
Federer will have little time to recuperate from his five-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Australia team member and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt said a short preparation time won't hinder Federer.
"For a freak like Roger, it doesn't matter," Hewitt said. "I haven't seen a lot that Roger hasn't been able to do, so he's as close to Superman as it comes."
Federer came under fire from Swiss fans when he skipped last year's Davis Cup loss to Kazakhstan citing travel weariness after the U.S. Open.
Switzerland's No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka, who lost in the second round at Flushing Meadows, said he has a leg injury but was hopeful of being fit to play.