Roger Federer criticises Davis Cup to ‘protect’ the Laver Cup, says Gerard Pique

Roger Federer press conference at Laver Cup

Gerard Pique has suggested that involvement in the Laver Cup is preventing his ‘idol’ Roger Federer from backing the new-style Davis Cup.

Federer has been an outspoken critic if the new format of the Davis Cup, which was won by Spain on Sunday after a week of World Cup style competition in Madrid.

Whilst that was going on, Federer was away in South America on an exhibition tour.

Federer wouldn’t have been able to play at the Davis Cup regardless due to Switzerland’s failure to qualify, but Pique has suggested he wouldn’t anyway out of desire to ‘protect’ his Laver Cup instead.

“He was my idol since (I was) a kid,” Pique said of Federer.

“For a lot of reasons, some of them I know and some of them maybe I don’t know, the situation is this one.

“He has Laver Cup and, obviously, it’s his baby, his competition, and he wants to protect and obviously to create as big as possible this exhibition. And I totally understand.

“On our side, what we will try to do is to put Davis Cup obviously on another level because we are talking about 119 years of history.

“I think that you cannot compare both events.”

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