- 09 Apr 2020
Stan Wawrinka and Benoît Paire regularly meet each other during Instagram live since they are confined at home. And this time, they simply talked about tennis topics. After talking about Novak Djokovic, the two friends switched to Roger Federer, and the debate was lively. Asked about his compatriot’s ability to win a 21st Grand Slam title, Wawrinka was more nuanced than Paire. “Of course he can do it”, said the Vaudois.
Disagreeing with his French friend, “Stan The Man” clarified his thoughts. “There’s a difference between not being able and not doing. I think he’s capable, but I don’t think he’ll win another one. But wait, the guy got match point in the Wimbledon final last year, he was in the Australian Open semifinals. He’s always at the end of the tournaments, so one match and it’s settled!”
Wawrinka: “He’ll be a fresh Roger !”
For Benoit Paire, the loss against Djokovic in Wimbledon will be difficult to forget for him, especially since time is not on Federer’s side, as he will turn 39 on August 8. “I think Roger Federer is no longer capable of winning a Grand Slam. He had an opportunity last year, but it’s getting harder and harder for him.” Stan Wawrinka, for his part, believes this forced break will allow his fellow countryman to heal his knee and reload his batteries, mentally. “I think after this period of confinement, he’ll be a fresh Roger!”
The Vaudois knows what he’s talking about. He was one of Roger Federer’s victims during his triumphant comeback at the 2017 Australian Open, after six months away from the courts. The former world No.1 had dominated his compatriot in the semi-finals after a five-set fight. Roger Federer’s last Grand Slam title was at the 2018 Australian Open. The Swiss defeated Marin Cilic in the final, after an another epic fight.