Wawrinka on Federer in Davis Cup: ‘Physically he's going to be ready’

Stan Wawrinka says that if he and fellow Swiss Roger Federer manage to win the Davis Cup over France, it would be one of their best victories ever. Federer has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles and Wawrinka has won one Slam, but they have never reached the Davis Cup final before. Wawrinka and Federer won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in doubles.

"It was a long time ago,” said Wawrinka about the medal at the ATP World Tour Finals. "But for sure it was big in Switzerland. It was really big for me, because I was young. Even if I was Top 10 at that time, it was my first big year on the tour. To win the Olympic, it's something really important because it's not only about tennis, it's about representing your country, about sports fans in general watching you.

"So it was really big at that time. For this year, for sure, if we can win Davis Cup, it's going to be huge."

Federer and Wawrinka are both playing this week in London, on a hard court, and will play the French team in Lille, on a clay court, to end their season.

None of the Frenchmen named to the team - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, and Julien Benneteau (who is playing doubles at the ATP World Tour Finals) - is playing singles this week in London. The 33-year-old Federer and 29-year-old Wawrinka are expected to play both singles and doubles in the Davis Cup final.

"I'm sure Roger can take few days off and find a way how to play well on clay," Wawrinka said. "But then doesn't mean he's going to win the two singles in Davis Cup because you play against Monfils, against Tsonga, against Gasquet.

"Those guys are really good on tennis. But I'm sure physically he's going to be ready for trying to win here and trying to win the Davis Cup."

Date: 12th November 2014, Source: Tennis.com


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