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Wawrinka full of praise for compatriot Federer

7th April 2019, 15:57 by Tom McGarry

Swiss ace Stan Wawrinka has heaped praise on compatriot Roger Federer, describing him as the 'best player' ever to grace a court.

Former world number three Wawrinka has been an outstanding player in his own right, winning three Grand Slam titles to date, while he also helped Switzerland to Davis Cup glory in 2014.

However, the 34-year-old's achievements have paled into insignificance when compared to Federer, who won his 20th Grand Slam at last year's Australian Open, while he also recently surpassed 100 successes on the ATP Tour.

Wawrinka is certainly full of respect for what Federer has achieved and he has also credited the 37-year-old with helping him to establish his own place on the ATP Tour.

"We have known each other for many, many years. When I arrived on the tour I was still young, still out of the ranking," Wawrinka told Haute Living magazine. "He (Federer) really helped me a lot. I had the chance to practice with the best player in the world."

Wawrinka feels Federer has to go down as the greatest player of all time, while he has also praised the longevity of his compatriot, who will turn 38 before this year's US Open gets underway.

"It's always been really difficult (to play against Federer), not only because we're friends, but also because he's the best player ever to play this game.

"I think what he's doing is unbelievable at his age, to still play that well—it's something that other athletes can look up too."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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