“Love Tennis Because of Him” – Juventus FC Star Expresses Admiration for Roger Federer

Published 10/24/2020, 12:25 PM EDT
Roger Federer during a match against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It is always interesting to see players from other sports talk about their love for tennis. One such sportsman, Argentine soccer star Paulo Dybala, is a huge tennis fan. And there are no prizes for guessing that Roger Federer has a big role to play in Dybala’s tennis fandom.


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Of course, the sport Dybala followed the most growing up was football. However, tennis came a close second for the Juventus FC player, and it still does. In a recent interview, Dybala spoke about all things tennis and why Roger Federer made him fall in love with tennis.

I always had a lot of admiration and respect, I liked Roger Federer’s style. I believe that I and many people have him as a tennis reference,” Dybala expressed. He went on to say that everyone wants to be like Federer.


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We try to watch his matches, he has a style and elegance that makes everyone want to be like him. I always tried to watch him play so I love tennis because of him,” Dybala said about the Swiss Superstar.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland during the Match in Africa between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on February 07, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Who Dybala admires apart from Roger Federer

While Dybala is a superstar in soccer-loving Argentina, tennis’ very own Diego Schwartzman has also earned superstar status there, especially with his performances off-late. Dybala spoke about his friendship with Schwartzman, also known as ‘El Peque’.

I am also very happy for the performance of El Peque, he is now inside the top 10…I have a great relationship with Diego. I’ve known him for a few years,” said Dybala, also praising WTA star Nadia Podoroska.

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Dybala also said he has a good relationship with Djokovic and Dominic Thiem as well and believes the two of them, along with Schwartzman, can be very good if they tried their hand – or feet- at football.

“No words” for Rafael Nadal

The quality player, who can strike a ball quite elegantly himself, lauded Rafael Nadal for his performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open 2020 final. Dybala was left speechless by Nadal’s display.


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I think it was more than well-deserved to win his 13th Roland Garros in his career. Something amazing. He matched Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slams. There are no words for this player, no words,” Dybala said of Nadal.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 9, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates during his semi final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Dybala closely followed Schwartzman and Podoroska’s progress at the French Open as well, and was ecstatic when they reached their respective semi-finals. Dybala’s Juventus teammate and global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was also a regular attendee of the ATP Madrid Masters during his Real Madrid days.


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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.



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