‘Maestro Rogelio’ – Andrey Rublev Claims Roger Federer to Be ‘GOAT of Volleys’

Published 02/20/2022, 5:28 AM EST
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland congratulates Andrey Rublev of Russia on his win during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Roger Federer is frequently addressed for his smooth style of play. Having sheeny groundstrokes, the Swiss legend often couples it with some ravishing volleys. Combining all the strokes of the maestro, one word that comes into everyone’s mind is, ‘effortless’. 

Even though Federer has one of the smoothest overall games on the tour, it is his volley that takes the limelight. Also, it is not just the fans but also his fellow players who feel so. Recently, Russian star Andrey Rublev spoke on Federer’s volley, as he referred to him as the master of volleys. 


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Rublev is in Marseille, France, ready to face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the finals of the ATP 250 Open 13 Provence. 

The master of volley

Andrey Rublev became the latest guest at ‘We Are Tennis’, as he went on to answer some fun-filled questions titled ‘Who is the GOAT?’. The first question thrown to the 24-year-old Russian was, ‘Who is the GOAT of the volley?’

Taking no time to think, the Russian instantly said “Rogelio”. Confused by his answer, the interviewer questioned Rublev, ‘Who?’. Clearing his answer, Rublev said, “Federer. Rogelio.”

He went on to elaborate his answer saying, “Maestro Rogelio! It looks nice.” He further added, “You imagine one guy with the polo here (pointing towards his collar).” He ended his answer by calling Roger ‘Classic’. 

Rublev also spoke about Daniil Medvedev’s football skill, calling him a horrible footballer. “I know that Daniil is really following football and he really knows many players. But he sucks in football. Completely. So bad. Horrible.”

The Russian also answered questions like GOAT of underarm serve, GOAT of healthiest lifestyle, and the GOAT of seducers.

Roger Federer vs Andrey Rublev


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Looking at the stats, there are just a handful of players who have toppled Roger Federer to lead the head-to-head race. Andrey Rublev is one of them. The two met in the 3rd round of 2019 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati with Rublev winning 6-3,6-4.

MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his match with Andrey Rublev of Russia during Day 6 of the Western and Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Roger Federer has been out of the tour since 2021 Wimbledon. The 8-time champion underwent right knee surgery after crashing out in the quarter-finals against Hubert Hurkacz. The former World No.1 is expected to make a comeback in the second half of 2022.


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On the other hand, Andrey Rublev started his 2022 season with a 3rd round loss at the Australian Open. He next played the Rotterdam Open, losing in the semi-finals against Felix Auger-Aliassime. 

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.