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Marco backs friend Federer

Calcutta: Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli has always lived in the shadows of his more illustrious compatriot Roger Federer. But the 32-year-old has no qualms about it.

Instead, he sounded happy for his childhood friend and believes Federer can win another Grand Slam title.

“Federer and I are childhood friends. We used to train under the same coach and hang out together, played football together. Those were very sweet memories. Even now, when we meet, we remember those days.

“But then, it is sad that such a great career will come to an end in the next three-four years. Still, I believe Federer has it in him to win another Grand Slam title,” said Chiudinelli.

In Switzerland’s last Davis Cup tie, Chiudinelli played a part when he won the doubles rubber against Serbia, partnering Michael Lammer.

“It was a good win. It gave me a lot of confidence, especially when I was making a comeback from injury.”

Chiudinelli shares a Davis Cup record with reigning Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka for the longest doubles match lasting seven hours and one minute.

Chiudinelli says he is surprised that Wawrinka won Australian Open.

“Frankly, I didn’t believe Stan could win a Grand Slam. Everything went for him. The real battle begins now… The battle to keep the momentum going,” said Chiudinelli.