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Federer: This one's for the boys

ESPN staff
November 24, 2014
Federer and Wawrinka were emotional after their Davis Cup triumph

Roger Federer has dedicated Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup triumph to his team-mates, claiming he "did not need to tick any empty boxes" in his career.

The Swiss team took an unassailable 3-1 lead against France on Sunday, when Federer dispatched Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2.

And the 17-time Grand Slam champion joined the illustrious group of Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Rod Laver as players who have won all four grand slams and a Davis Cup title, but Federer opted to praise the role of his team rather than focusing on personal milestones.

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"I'm happy I was able to stay calm and play a good match, and I'm really happy for the guys in the team, everybody worked incredibly hard to get me match ready," Federer said.

"Stan has put in so much effort over the years and played an unbelievable weekend that gave me the opportunity today. I'm very much aware of that, this one is for the boys."

It took 15 years for Federer to achieve glory in the Davis Cup after making his debut in the prestigious event in 1999. He fell on his knees after converting his first match point and laid face down on the court before hugging team captain Severin Luthi and his team-mates.

"It's not for me, I've won enough in my career and did not need to tick any empty boxes," Federer said. "I'm just happy for everybody else. I'm happy we could live a great tennis historic moment in our country."

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