It’s been over two months since Roger Federer officially retired. We all remember his tears, hand in hand with Rafael Nadal, after that famous double, his last match in London. During his long career, the Maestro shared many moments with one player in particular, his compatriot Stan Wawrinka. Winner of three Grand Slam titles, Wawrinka, in the shadow of Federer, did not always get the recognition he deserved. But one thing is for sure, he has had some unforgettable moments with Roger, both in the Davis Cup and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where both men won gold medals. Stan talked about their relationship on French TV.
“When I arrived, Roger was already at the top of the tennis world. He took me like a big brother. He helped me, we trained a lot together. I was lucky enough to be able to work with him a lot, in training and in tournaments. In Davis Cup, we shared a lot of things. Afterwards, he became a friend. We were on the same level, not in terms of career, but in terms of behavior and mutual support. I owe him a lot in my career. There were positive things. I grew and improved thanks to him. He helped me a lot. Thanks to him, I won the Olympics and the Davis Cup. Those are two of the biggest titles of my career. It is sure that the fact of arriving behind him, especially in Switzerland, no matter what results I could have, it was always going to be light years away from him. No one will be able to do what he did, at least not in Switzerland. What I do, I do as well as I can. You have to be able to enjoy this kind of career too.”
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