Davis Cup: 'A big chance for Switzerland' says Stanislas Wawrinka
Last Updated: 01/04/14 2:11pm
Stanislas Wawrinka believes Switzerland have their best chance in years to claim a first Davis Cup title.
Together with Roger Federer, Switzerland line up against Kazakhstan this weekend with the world's No 3 and No 4 ranked players in their line-up.
Their opponents on an indoor hard-court in Geneva are led by Mikhail Kukushkin - the world No 56 - with the 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev also expected to represent the former Soviet state in singles.
The Swiss have never won the most important team event in men's tennis, with their previous best display coming 22 years ago in Fort Worth, Texas, where they reached the final only to be beaten by a top-notch American side that included Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe.
And a victory over Kazakhstan would earn them a first semi-final appearance in 11 years when a young Federer lost a five-setter to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt.
Wawrinka, the sport's newest Grand Slam singles champion, admits: "We are not thinking already about the final.
"We are, on paper, big favorites for this weekend.
"For sure, it's going to be amazing especially after my beginning to the year. It's a quarter-final, playing in Geneva in front of 16,000. I'm excited for that.
"You are always part of the favourites. That is how people see you, that is how the players see you."
If Switzerland beat Kazakhstan, they would face a battle with either Great Britain or Italy in September.