Oh, I see now. Didn't even notice the Tipsarevic vs Andy thread. lol. I read the article about Federer not being invited this time around due to their theme but they also said that they are more keen on going with players, who have a lot more slams in front of them rather than behind. So in that sense both Tipsarevic and Ferrer (in particular since he's 30) didn't make much sense. I can see why they would see Berdych as more promising but I think they should have invited Federer. He feels like a better draw. I don't know. I have mixed feelings about it.
I don't. It's high time the world of tennis stopped revolving round Federer. Also (see below) I've a strong feeling Fed may have been invited but wasn't interested in playing, and if his fans there are disappointed, too bad. The world's Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 will be playing, so what more do true tennis fans want? I assume Tsonga and Delpo were invited but declined.
I agree that a lot of the article doesn't make sense, especially as Andy and Djoko were 25 last May so are approaching middle-age in tennis terms, but I suspect these were excuses dreamed up by the organisers to explain away Fed's absence to his fans there, particularly, as I've said above, Fed may not even have wanted to play given how much he has trimmed back his 2013 schedule.
Also Fed is playing in the Exhibition Gillette Tour of South America which runs from 6 - 15 December, and the "tired old man" will be playing six matches over three countries during that time, raking in a reported fee of US $1.3 million (£812,110) per match - US $7.8 (£4,872,660) in total. So a nice little earner.
Mind you, given some of the other players and the fact that the matches will be shown on American TV, I wouldn't mind watching some myself as I'm sure there will be livestreaming. Federer vs. Ferrer, Tsonga and, of course, Delpo, could be worth a look, as might some of the other matches (if shown) especially as the time difference will be no more than GMT -5. http://www.perfect-tennis.co.uk/federers-exhibition-matches-in-south-america/