Despite competing this week at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Stan Wawrinka said he and Roger Federer are physically ready to compete at the Davis Cup final against France. Wawrinka and Federer are aiming to win the first Davis Cup title for Switzerland and they are a tandem to beat with one of their victories coming from a doubles Olympic gold back in 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“It was a long time ago,” Wawrinka said regarding the Olympic win. “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.”
The Davis Cup 2014 final will take place in Lille, France and will be contested on claycourts. This will mark the end of the season for both the Swiss tennis stars.
The French team is just as formidable with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael monfils, Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau representing the country. They will have ample rest time though since none of them has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in singles. Only Benneteau is in London for the doubles competition.
“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.”