Three-time Grand Slam winner, Stanislas Wawrinka, has revealed that compatriot, Roger Federer, positively enhanced his tennis career.
He said advice and tips he received from Federer enhanced his quality in the sport.
Wawinka said he owes much of his success to the 37-year-old, whom he described as the best player to ever play the game.
“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.
“He was number one and getting some tips [from him] and some help to get into the tour was great.”
“It’s always been special to be around him, to be with him, to be friends with him and to play against him.
“It’s always been really difficult, not only because we’re friends, but also because he’s the best player ever to play this game.
“And any player who is playing against him has always had some problem.”
“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.
“He’s showing that physically, you can still be at the top and stay longer in your career. That’s great for me to see also.”
Federer won his 101st career title at the Indian Wells last week. He also has 20 singles Grand Slam titles.