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Dominic Stricker Looking for To Emulate Countrymen Federer & Wawrinka | ATP Tour

All nice eras should come to an finish, however the subsequent one additionally has to begin someplace.

Dominic Stricker is effectively conscious of the void that can be left in Swiss tennis as soon as Stan Wawrinka joins Roger Federer in retirement from the ATP Tour. The 21-year-old Stricker grew up watching his two countrymen usually lifting the largest titles within the recreation and competing in a few of the most memorable matches in historical past.

Whereas the achievements of Federer and Wawrinka can be a troublesome act to comply with for Switzerland’s subsequent technology of ATP Tour stars, the Alpine nation might have already unearthed a pure successor in Stricker. His clean-hitting lefty recreation has already earned him 5 ATP Challenger Tour titles and a career-high of No. 88 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

“I feel Roger’s retirement was very emotional for of us, particularly perhaps for us Swiss gamers,” Stricker advised in Jeddah, the place he’s the third seed on the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals introduced by NEOM. “Stan is placing in loads of work for us younger gamers. The truth that he is enjoying Davis Cup once more is wonderful for us. He is right here to assist us on a regular basis.

“It isn’t going to be simple when Stan retires as effectively, nevertheless it’s additionally nice for me that then the entire of Switzerland can be looking for the subsequent Roger and Stan. It is simply good to have them in your nation and to know that the nation actually follows tennis quite a bit.”

Stricker remembers when he grew to become a kind of hundreds of thousands of Swiss followers who adopted all-time nice Federer and three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka as they took on the world’s finest.

“I feel I adopted them as quickly as they have been on TV and as quickly as I received a bit extra into tennis,” mentioned Stricker. “I do not keep in mind the primary match that I noticed, however after all there are a couple of you’ll always remember.

“I began [playing] after I was six, however I feel I [became more aware of Federer and Wawrinka] perhaps someplace round 10 or 11. I grew to become Swiss champion after I was 11, so perhaps that was the time I received a bit extra into tennis and all the things received a bit extra critical.”

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Federer and Wawrinka’s affect on Stricker grew to become extra direct as soon as he met his illustrious countrymen in individual. Earlier than he retired, Federer twice invited the teenager to practise in Dubai, whereas the 38-year-old Wawrinka is now his colleague on the ATP Tour.

“I do know Roger and Stan are two wonderful gamers,” mentioned Stricker. “I feel they did quite a bit for the for the game in our nation. I’ve had the pleasure to apply with each and that is simply one thing I’ll always remember, as a result of these guys are two of the perfect gamers that we have ever had.

“It is simply nice to know that they are at all times right here if I’ve any questions, to be right here to reply them for me, and I feel that is excellent to know.”

Wawrinka has confirmed greater than only a dependable supply of off-court recommendation this yr for Stricker. In July the pair took to the doubles courtroom collectively on residence soil in Gstaad and dropped only one set all week en path to the title on the clay-court ATP 250.

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Dominic Stricker and Stan Wawrinka received a doubles title in July in Gstaad. Picture Credit score: Fabian Meierhans/EFG Swiss Open Gstaad

“It was an excellent expertise,” recalled Stricker. “We determined very late to truly group up after which we received used to one another and higher after each spherical. To do it at residence was even higher. It was only a nice week and a title I’ll always remember.

“I feel [Stan] at all times advised us younger gamers that we must always come to him and ask him, that we should not be afraid to ask him something. He is at all times very good. He’s so open to us, and we will actually ask him all the things. That is simply nice to know that you may ask a participant like Stan all the things.”

Whereas completely satisfied to take steering from his illustrious countrymen, Stricker isn’t positive his naturally aggressive recreation might be simply in comparison with both Federer or Wawrinka.

“Stan is perhaps a bit extra defensive gameplay-wise, I’d say, however nonetheless if he can, he goes for it,” he mentioned. “I feel Roger, he simply had the right recreation. He served very effectively, he had an excellent return, nice backhand and a fair higher forehand.

“I feel perhaps [I am] a bit extra much like Roger, as a result of he actually tried to be offensive, as I do as effectively. I’d say my recreation is extra like Roger’s, however nonetheless, it is very totally different.”

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