'I've started considering Roger Federer an opponent', says ATP star



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'I've started considering Roger Federer an opponent', says ATP star

Switzerland is proclaimed champion in Glasgow. The team led by Heinz Gunthardt, Steffi Graf's former coach, won the Billie Jean King Cup for the first time in its history. After making it through the group stage, in which Italy also lost out, the Swiss team achieved the two victories that led to the title: first in the semi-final against the Czech Republic, and then in the final against Australia.

In both cases, they avoided the formality of the doubles, thanks to two singles victories. In the final, Jil Teichmann's success against Storm Sanders came first; then Belinda Bencic's final seal against Ajla Tomljanović.

The first new Fed Cup trophy: Switzerland is now among the nations to have won the national team competition, both men's and women's. That of the men's draw dates back to 2014, when Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka led to success for the first time in history.

It was the former world number one himself who sent a congratulatory message to the players who won the trophy. On the same Sunday that Roger Federer enjoyed a "perfect Sunday" in true Swiss style, his national team won the Billie Jean King Cup for the first time.

For this success, the Grand Slam champion dedicated a story to him on Instagram: "History has been made! Congratulations girls for an incredible weekend," he wrote on social networks, continuing with a "Let's go Switzerland," in German spoken in the Swiss cantons.

Stan Wawrinka, for his part, was more didactic with this victory. He relied on fire and arm wrestling emoticons to congratulate on the win. A retweet that, by the way, places him among the protagonists: Bencic and Teichmann, in fact, reproduced the same scene that the two Swiss champions did in 2008, when they won the gold medal in doubles at the Beijing Olympics.

Nishikori comments on Federer

The reception Roger Federer received from the crowd at a recent fan event in Tokyo left Kei Nishikori. "I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere and also my admiration for him. After that I've started considering him an opponent to beat though he is my idol," Nishikori said.

"His matches are fun, cool, filled with amazing shots, just perfect. That's something all of us admire," he added. "Roger is quite the same on & off the court, very cool on the court, funny & cool off the court too, I don't have any his (embarrassing/funny) episode...

Had training block w/him when I was 16 or 17, that was really great experience for me, I'm grateful for that," the Japanese said.