The one-handers of tennis, Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer, have reached great heights in the sport. On and off the court, the Helventians are brothers in arms. Recently, Wawrinka was in conversation with Antoine Benneteau from Eurosport and over there he mentioned about the pros and cons of being in affiliation with the Swiss great, Roger Federer.
The multiple-time Grand Slam champions from Switzerland have shared some memorable moments in their tennis careers and collectively won laurels for their nation.
“When I started my career he was there. I took the chance of playing with Roger for our country. I have learned a lot from Roger, by training with him and speaking to him. Winning 2014 Davis Cup and the 2008 Olympics alongside him, I am thankful for that,” Stan Wawrinka said.
World Number 24, Wawrinka mentioned about being compared to Roger Federer all the time. He considers Roger Federer to be above all the tennis players. He’s three-time Slam champion but his achievements are overshadowed in Switzerland as people juxtapose Stan and Federer’s accomplishments.
“When I look at my career there are more positives than negatives. People try to compare me to Roger. He is the greatest player ever. No matter what I did, it was never as good as what Federer did, but that’s kind of wrong because Roger is a genius, the goat, and you shouldn’t compare others to him,” Stan Wawrinka said.
Wawrinka is the last ATP player out of the ‘Big Three’ of tennis to win a Grans Slam title, as he was declared the US Open 2016 champion. In 2017, he made it to the finals of Roland-Garros and conceded his first-ever Grand Slam final defeat to Rafael Nadal.