Paire: 'If I played with Roger Federer, I would have also got the gold medal'

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Paire: 'If I played with Roger Federer, I would have also got the gold medal'

After several weeks of uncertainty, the official postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 arrived a few months ago. The Coronavirus has in fact caused many deaths in every corner of the world. It is only the fourth time in the history of the modern Olympics that the five-circle event has not been held in the pre-established year (in the other three cases, war had been the cause of the postponement).

A few minutes after the announcement, Stan Wawrinka took the opportunity to share an image of himself and Roger Federer with the gold medal won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Paire makes fun of Wawrinka's gold medal

Benoit Paire recently had a chat with Gael Monfils and Kristina Mladenovic.

In that talk, he made a joke about how Stan Wawrinka won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics only because of Roger Federer. “Stan thinks he’s better than me. He got the gold medal at the Olympics only because he was with Roger Federer.

If I played with Roger, I would have also got the medal. Roger told him, ‘you just serve, you put yourself to the side’ and he got a medal for that" - the French said. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Federer and Wawrinka redeemed their disappointments in singles.

In the semifinals, they went up against the mighty Bryan brothers – Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States of America. Federer and Wawrinka shocked everyone by defeating the world’s best doubles pairing. In the final, they defeated the Swedish pair of Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson.

The explosion of emotion showcased by Federer after the victory displayed just how much winning the gold meant for him. Unfortunately for Federer and his fans, that would remain his solitary gold medal at the Olympics. Despite his late-career successes, Wawrinka has been mired with inconsistency throughout his career.

Illustrative of this is his record against players ranked No. 1 in the world. In Grand Slam finals, he holds a 3–0 record against No. 1 players but is 1–20 in all other matches against No. 1s, with that single victory coming in the semifinals of the 2017 French Open against Andy Murray.

This, combined with the 11 consecutive finals won, has given Wawrinka the reputation of being a "big-match player" Furthermore, Wawrinka is one of only two players in the Open Era to have won three Grand Slam singles titles, but never been ranked higher than No. 3, the other being Jan Kodeš.