posted at 18:50
Author Name: Allan Kelly
Federer legend grows with Davis Cup win
All four Grand Slam titles - a record 17 in total - six ATP year-end titles, 23 Masters Series, Olympic gold and now the Davis Cup for Switzerland. The Olympic title of course was in the doubles with Stan Wawrinka in Beijing in 2008 and he has yet to match great rival Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi as the only men to have won all four Grand Slam titles, Olympic singles gold and the Davis Cup during the course of their careers. The Davis Cup win was arguably the hardest of them all for Federer to win, involving as it does other players and doubles action. "Asked to compare his feelings in winning Wimbledon for the first time in 2003 and what he felt on Sunday after supplying the point Switzerland needed to win the Davis Cup final over France he replied:"You can't compare. While his contemporaries were shooting up the rankings and winning Grand Slam titles, he struggled to break through. The Federer era had begun in earnest and he dominated tennis over the next four years winning 10 Grand Slam titles. Nadal ruled at Roland Garros and it took his shock defeat at the hands of Robin Soderling in 2009 to clear the way for Federer to finally win the French Open, thus completing the Grand Slam set. Still the Davis Cup remained out of his grasp and, at 33, time was clearly running out when he and Wawrinka decided, after the latter won the Australian Open at the start of the year, that they would commit totally to playing the Davis Cup this year.

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