Stan Wawrinka [inset & right] recently opened up on his relationship with Roger Federer.
During a recent interview with We Love Tennis, Stan Wawrinka admitted that he has always been second fiddle to Roger Federer both in and outside Switzerland. However, Wawrinka made it clear that he has no qualms about living in Federer’s “shadow,” showering rich praise on the latter’s greatness.
For many years, Wawrinka was overshadowed by Federer as the latter kept racking up the biggest titles in the sport. The younger Swiss took time to find his footing on tour, but when he did, he proved his worth by claiming three Grand Slams while also sending shivers down the spine of an in-form Novak Djokovic in Slam finals.
The 37-year-old stressed there is no shame in being second-best to Roger Federer as it helped him improve as a player.
“I have always taken the positive from this situation which is incredible,” Wawrinka said. “I’ve always been in his shadow, first in Switzerland and then elsewhere, but in the end who wouldn’t be in his shadow? After that, it evolved when I performed better. I made my way. I won Grand Slam tournaments at a time when he won a little less.”
Wawrinka expressed his gratitude to the 20-time Major champion for helping him and Switzerland win the Davis Cup and an Olympic gold medal. He believes that their partnership at those events, along with the numerous training sessions he has had with Federer, have not only been helpful to him but also strengthened their friendship.
“Thanks to him, I also won a Davis Cup, a gold medal at the Olympic Games,” Wawrinka said. “I was also able to train with him for years. It all counts in a career. We talked a lot about tennis, so in the end, for me, it’s all “beneficial” as they say. Even if we each have our own life, we have been marked by great victories together since the beginning of our careers, this creates bonds that will never break.”
A look at Stan Wawrinka’s record against Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka’s rivalry with Roger Federer is one of the most lopsided ones in the history of men’s tennis. Federer leads his compatriot by a margin of 23-3 in the head-to-head.
Wawrinka has never beaten his more illustrious countryman outside of clay, with three of his victories coming at Monte Carlo (2009 and 2014) and Roland Garros (2015).
Federer has got the better of the 37-year-old in all eight of their previous meetings on tour. He also scored 11 consecutive wins over the three-time Slam champion between 2009 and 2014.