Wawrinka seeks mental recovery from London prior to Davis Cup final
Stan Wawrinka was spending Sunday letting body and mind recover from a heartbreak 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) loss to Davis Cup team-mate and tennis mentor Roger Federer which sent the senior Swiss into the title match at the World Tour Finals.
Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, missed four match points as he took a 2-14 record into his semi-final with possibly the best to ever play the game. Federer earned the chance of a possible seventh year-end title later as he faced Novak Djokovic.
But despite his hopes, Wawrinka was outplayed in the crunch, with Federer making what he admitted was a lucky escape against his friend who will help him carry Swiss hopes into the weekend Davis Cup final in France.
But for Wawrinka, fourth in the world, a quick recovery is required.
"We'll see how I'm going to feel with my body," said the 29-year-old who will need to get to Lille, northern France, by Monday in order to ppare for a Davis final on clay in a covered football pitch.
"I played really late yesterday (Friday), three-set match. Even if wasn't really physical, it's always a nervous match. I had a tough one today. So we'll see," he said.
"For sure I'm going to take one day off, try to do some treatment, try to rest, maybe going tomorrow (Sunday) to Lille or maybe Monday with Roger and everybody."
The Eurostar ride will mark a complete chance of ambience to end a breakthrough 2014 season for Wawrinka.
"It's always difficult for me not only because he's the best player ever, he knows how to play," Wawrinka said of his countryman. "He's playing really well since the end of the (last) year, a few months more.
"Today I had lot of chances, but I didn't took them. I was playing well, I was playing good tennis. I'm happy with the way I was trying to push him, trying to be real aggressive, not let him come to the net too much, trying to be the first there.
"But sometimes you lose a match like that."
Federer admitted he was fortunate to win.
"It's very hard, obviously, against Stan, it's been a long season for both of us. I'm happy we're able to play such a good match," he said.
"It was not always the best quality, but still I was very impssed by his shot-making again, his capabilities of playing forward, just keep on going. I think if he would have served a little bit better today he would have won probably.
"I think Stan and myself left everything out on the court today."