‘Tears Were Coming Out..’- Roger Federer’s Intense Battles With His Long-Time Aussie Opponent Dissected by Legendary Coach

Published 02/23/2023, 1:31 PM EST

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Roger Federer is not only known for being a highly dominant player, people also know him for maintaining a calm and collected demeanor on the court. However, he was not always this way. As a young tennis player, Federer was quite infamous for being rash and aggressive.

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He frequently threw rackets on the court and had to change himself along the way to be the player he is today. Lleyton Hewitt was another player who acted rashly and threw tantrums on the court. Darren Cahill, Hewitt’s old coach, talked about an incident of the rage of the two players when they met for a final.

Darren Cahill initially worked with Lleyton Hewitt after he retired from the tour. Under Cahill, Hewitt became the youngest number 1 in the ATP. The Australian also coached Andre Agassi. Under his instructions, Agassi became the oldest number 1 in the ATP.

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The rage of Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt

In the book ‘The Roger Federer Effect’, Lleyton Hewitt’s old coach, Darren Cahill, remembered a match between a young Roger Federer and his student. Federer had behavioral problems in the court during his initial years.

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As per Cahill, Hewitt and Federer both acted boorishly during a match in the World Youth Cup. The match in Zurich saw both Federer beat Hewitt 7-6 in the third set. “Two or three years later, Cahill was back in Switzerland with Hewitt, this time taking on Federer in the World Youth Cup in Zurich. Federer beat Hewitt 7-6 in the third set and, according to Cahill, both boys were not exactly the best behaved.

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Cahill further recalled that the two kept bouncing racquets and swore quite a few times during the match. Lleyton even threw his racquet into the back fence. “Both Lleyton and Roger were as bad as each other on the court, bouncing their racquets. A few four-letter words were coming out and I reckon tears were coming out of both guys,” Cahill explained. “And at one point, I reckon Lleyton threw his racquet into the back fence.

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Lleyton was one of the players Federer struggled against at the start of his career. However, he advanced past his rival very soon and both improved their behavior going forward.

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Ripunjay Gaba

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Ripunjay is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his bachelor’s in Economics at Ambedkar University, New Delhi and worked as a freelance writer for a renowned sports publication, covering various social media personalities. Ripunjay is a diehard Roger Federer fan, whose dominance on the ATP Tour made him fall in love with tennis.
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