Roger Federer said after leading his Swiss team to their first Davis Cup title, the win wasn’t for him, but it was for the “boys”. Federer clinched the tie today for Switzerland by beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the fourth rubber.
“We fought hard to for it,” Federer said on court. “I the have been playing this game for almost 15 years now and clearly never come as close as this past weekend. So I’m happy I was able to stay calm and play a good match when I had to.
“I’m very happy for all the guys on the team. Everybody worked incredibly hard to get me match ready and Stan put in so much effort over the years and he played an unbelievable weekend and that’s what gave me the opportunity today. I’m very much aware of that. This one’s for the boys.”
The adds to Federer’s incredible legacy, but the star said it wasn’t about him.
“This is not not for me this is for them,” he went on. “I’ve won enough in my career that I don’t need this to complete my … everything you know… ticking off the box. I’m just happy for everybody else and I’m happy to deliver a great tennis historic moment in our country.”
Federer became the most successful Swiss player in Davis Cup history, recording his 50th Davis Cup singles or doubles victory. He was to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but the Frenchman withdrew with an arm injury.
“I mean I’m very happy the way I played. Clearly I expected Jo to be on the other side of the net,” he said. “Had an hour to get ready. Things weren’t easy out there but I was able to play aggressive tennis and I’m happy it paid off.”
Federer first competed for Switzerland in the international men’s team competition in 1999. Prior to this year, he had helped the nation reach the 2003 semifinals (l. to Australia).
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