“You Think He is Not Sweating”: Virgil van Dijk Reveals How Roger Federer’s Tactics Helps Him to Deceive His Opponents

Published 05/14/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against David Goffin of Belgium on day six of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)


20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is not just an idol for young tennis stars but also for other athletes. From cricketers to footballers, almost every sports person takes inspiration from the Swiss Maestro. It is his style of thinking that inspires certain players, while others take motivation from his cool and composed nature.

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In a recent interview, legendary Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk hailed Roger Federer. He revealed how the Swiss Maestro’s tactics often help him to deceive his opponents on the football field.

“When you see him (Roger Federer) play, you think he is not sweating. That is mentally difficult for his opponent. He thinks he is good, but not even trying. My opponent must also think that it is easy for me, although I never think so myself,” said van Dijk.

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(Translated by Google Translate)

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Chelsea’s Radamel Falcao in action with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk
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The Dutch football player mentioned that Roger never seems like he is sweating even when he is facing a difficult situation. He stated that it becomes so easy for any opponent when he realizes that the player is under some pressure but Roger never looks to be under pressure.

Virgil suffered from an unfortunate injury at the beginning of the 2020-21 football season. It seems that he hasn’t recovered from the injury yet and will miss the Euro Cup 2021.

Roger Federer will play at the French Open 2021

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Recently, Roger Federer announced that he would play at the French Open 2021. He’ll be playing a Grand Slam after almost 17 months as he last played at the Australian Open 2020. Before the French Open, the Swiss Maestro will play at the ATP 250 Geneva Open 2021.

Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Federer last won a Roland Garros title way back in 2009. He last won a Grand Slam at the Wimbledon Championships in 2017. He is 39- years old right now and in such a situation, it’ll be hard for him to make a comeback on the court.

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However, his fans still have huge expectations from him. They are confident that Federer will succeed in Paris this year. Will Roger be able to beat the odds and conquer the French Open 2021 title?

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