“Roger Makes it Look Easy”: Dominic Thiem Says Roger Federer is ‘Underestimated’

Published 08/31/2021, 12:41 AM EDT
Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates his 7-5 7-5 over Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day one of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


The much-awaited US Open kick-started in an enthralling fashion. However, as its star-studded lineup began its journey with some breathtaking tennis, fans were quick to notice the absence of a few greats. Although, coming to their rescue, fans were in awe as Dominic Thiem praised his fellow absentee, Roger Federer, in a newly emerged video.

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Earlier this month, defending champion Dominic Thiem announced his withdrawal from the iconic tournament. As fans processed the unfortunate news, Roger Federer added to their misery, withdrawing from the rest of the 2021 season as well. Riddled by injuries and a prolonged recovery journey, the two ATP stars have been left on the sidelines.

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However, as they spend time in rehab, Dominic was all praise for the Swiss giant. In a blast from the past, the Austrian had only kind words for the maestro, catching a glimpse of him in his younger days.

Simply stunning

In a throwback video, Roger put on his multitasking hat, as he dribbled a basketball while swinging his racquet on the court. Fascinated by the footage and Federer’s talent, Dominic was all praise for his fellow tennis peer. Notably, he also expressed his thoughts about Roger’s unappreciated value.

He said, “Very difficult exercises, but Roger makes it looks easy, like everything he does. It’s a great video but super difficult, I can say that. I think many people underestimate how good an athlete he is. You can see it in this video, how he moves and all this hand-eye coordination.”

“It’s simply amazing. Many people just see how beautiful he plays. I can totally understand it. But I think many underestimate what a good athlete he is, and that’s so much hard work. And you see how he does it in that video already and it’s stunning,” he added.

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What happened to Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer?

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The withdrawal news from the two stars was indeed heartbreaking, but not unexpected. Dominic Thiem has been away from the court since June 2021. Playing at the Mallorca Open, the 27-year-old fell victim to a mid-game wrist injury. Unquestionably, he did everything in his power to hasten his recovery, but alas, he couldn’t make it to full fitness before the US Open.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after falling during his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Paul Childs

Federer’s story is no different. Following his shocking loss at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, Roger is yet to make an appearance on the court. After skipping the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and withdrawing from the build-up events to the US Open, he failed to return to the Flushing Meadows.

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Facing issues with his knee, Roger will spend the rest of the season on the sidelines. Unfortunately, fans can’t help but remain patient, hoping for a miracle to come through to see their 20 time Grand Slam champion return to action at his best.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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