Stan Wawrinka has branded Roger Federer as the “the greatest player of all time”.
Wawrinka’s comments come after Federer became the first player in ATP history to spend 600 weeks, or 11-and-a-half years, ranked among the top three players in the world.
Of those 600 weeks, the Swiss maestro spent 302 weeks at the summit of the rankings, 168 at second and 130 weeks in third, where he currently sits.
“The Maestro is always the Maestro, because of all the things he has done in his career,” Wawrinka, who won a gold medal with Federer in the men’s doubles event at the 2008 Olympic Games, told RMC Sport. “To me, he is the greatest player of all time.”
Despite being a two-time grand slam winner, Wawrinka has not garnered nearly the same amount of attention as his compatriot, but the world number four sees this as an advantage as it makes him strive to become better.
“I always worked hard, but the fact that he has been ahead of me during my whole career helped me a lot,” Wawrinka added. “I’m timid and people did not speak too much about my career, because he was ahead. Being behind the backs of the best player ever and being his friend makes you learn.”
Wawrinka had an excellent 2015 in which he won four titles, including the French Open, where he denied Novak Djokovic from completing a calendar Grand Slam by defeating the world number one in a thrilling final.