“Can’t Compare Him to Many”: Former Romanian Tennis Star Holds Roger Federer in High Esteem

Published 04/11/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer needs no introduction when it comes to tennis. The manner in which he has entertained spectators from all over the world has been memorable. His ability to execute tennis in a flawless and artistic way is what separates him from the best players in the world. 

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Recently, former Romanian tennis ace Andrei Pavel praised Roger Federer for the player he has turned out. He remembered the first time he played against the Swiss maestro and the many more encounters they were involved in. Interestingly, the first match they were involved in resulted in a loss for the former World No. 1. 

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Speaking more on his memories against the Swiss athlete, Pavel stated, “My only victory over Roger Federer was in Hamburg in 2000. He was very young, 18 years old, and ranked 40th in the world. A year later he was already number one.”

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Andrei Pavel beat Roger Federer in their first meeting

After winning the first battle they had, Andrei remembered the next few matches they had, and unfortunately, he suffered defeat in the next four matches they played. All those four matches were executed in a period of four months. He praised Federer for his talent and for being a unique player. After beating him the first time, he never imagined Roger would turn out to be the player he is today.  

The 49-year-old former player further added“He then beat me in Bucharest four times in 3 months. Roger is Roger. He’s a mega-complete, mega-talented player and you can’t compare him to too many people. When I defeated him, I didn’t think he would become the best tennis player in history.” 

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Andrei Pavel has taken a coaching role after retirement

After hanging his boots, Andrei took up a role in coaching. He began this new chapter by coaching former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic. After that, he began coaching Austrian tennis player Tamira Paszek. At the moment, he is coaching fellow Romanian tennis professional Marius Copil.

Coming to Federer, he returned to action after being out of action since the Australian Open 2020. On returning, he played his first tournament at the ATP Doha Open 2021. After that, he has not featured in any event but is keen to resume his season on the clay courts at Madrid. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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