“Didn’t Think He Would Have Such a Monstrous Career”: 3-Time Slam Champion on Roger Federer

Published 11/22/2021, 11:11 AM EST


Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has been one of the greatest ambassadors of tennis over the past two decades. He has gained respect not just from fans but also from the other players that are on the Tour. 

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Recently, former French tennis player Michael Llodra reflected on the greatness of Roger Federer. The former doubles Grand Slam champion has faced the Swiss maestro a number of times during his playing days, and whenever they came across each other, the Frenchman would be mesmerized. 

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The 41-year-old player stated, “Roger Federer. I had the chance to face him several times. We are a year apart, I’ve known him since I was 12. We grew up together. I didn’t think he would have such a monstrous career. He was a very good player, we could see that he had facilities, but from there to predict that he was going to become or one of the greatest players of all time…”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Roger Federer overcame many difficulties 

Llodra remembered that at first Roger would be a nervous guy. However, with time, he managed to work on his weaknesses and the rest is history. The manner in which he would execute his shots was flawless. 

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland cheers on Belinda Bencic in the women’s singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day eight of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 05, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The three-time doubles Grand Slam champion further added, “He had flashes but he was a bit nervous and had ups and downs. As soon as he managed to sort it out, he became a whole different player. He has such ease, all his shots are perfect.”

Roger and Michael met twice in singles, in the 2010 Masters in Canada and in 2012 in Dubai. The Swiss maestro emerged victorious on both occasions, in straight sets.  

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Coming to tennis, Federer has not featured since the Wimbledon Championships exit. He recently announced that due to his knee surgery, he will miss the Australian Open 2022. Hopefully, he can make a swift recovery after that. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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