Monfils v Federer

The final of the World Cup of tennis takes place at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France, where Switzerland are looking to claim their first ever Davis Cup triumph over the hosts.

How it Works:

The finals take place over three days with two teams of four meeting each other in a series of five matches.

Stanislas Wawrinka takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before Roger Federer faces Gael Monfils in singles action on Friday. Doubles action on Saturday sees Switzerland's Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer then take on French duo Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet.

Sunday's final day brings the reverse of Friday's singles meetings with the team with most victories crowned champions.

Where to Watch:

Coverage of the first day begins at 12:30pm (GMT) on British Eurosport 2 until 6pm. Live updates will also be available via the Davis Cup official website while IB Times UK will be providing daily round-ups of the action.

Overview: Roger Federer v Gael Monfils

In the wing of Roger Federer's home dedicated to housing his endless collection of personal accolades – including 17 Grand Slam titles – there is one notable only by its absence. The 33-year-old is yet to taste success in the Davis Cup and events off the court in the build-up to this weekend will have hardly helped his and Switzerland's cause.

While Federer and Wawrinka have done their best to maintain a unified front this week, the elder of the two has had to contend with his personal battle for fitness.

The world no. 2 pulled out of the ATP World Tour Final against Novak Djokovic after his three-set victory over Wawrinka at the semi-final stage due to a back problem last Saturday. After a final training session on Thursday, he confirmed his participation in France but whether he will be at his best remains to be seen.

Monfils however has played down the injury concerns over his opponent, however, believing Federer's decision to play means he automatically threatens to be at his best. The Frenchman saw some of that at the US Open in September, where he went two sets up and within two match points of beating the Swiss, only to lose out following a blistering come back in their thrilling quarter final.

What they Said:

Roger Federer: "Obviously if I'm stepping out on the court, that means I can play. That's most important.

"I'm just really pleased that I'm actually able to play tomorrow. I'll give it a go. Definitely looking forward to playing against Gael. I think he's a great player, very exciting to watch. I like to play against him, too.

"So things have been going very well for me the last week. It's been a difficult week, but I'm happy where I am today."

Gael Monfils: "(Discussing having France captain Arnaud Clement courtside) For sure it will help me, this last match on my mind.

"But this one's going to be different. You have someone you can share your emotion [with] during the match, the captain who can help me, of course, if maybe I'm tight in the match.

"Definitely I expect to play a big match again because I know I need to play a big match to beat him. I'm very happy to have this opportunity again."