“Feeling Is Mutual”: Roger Federer Responds to Andy Murray and Hopes to See Him at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/06/2021, 7:38 AM EDT
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Andy Murray congratulates winner, Roger Federer on victory following their match during Andy Murray Live at The Hydro on November 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Andy Murray Live)


After a rather pleasant and easy start to French Open 2021, Roger Federer was put to test against Dominik Koepfer in the third round. Playing a long grueling four-set match under the Parisian night sky, Federer triumphed and caught the attention of three-time champion Andy Murray.

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After the late ending to Federer’s match, Murray was in awe to see a 39-year-old toil it out on clay at Roland Garros. Federer reacted to the tweet and now hopes to see Murray soon during the grass season.

“Thank you Sir Andy, the feeling is mutual. You gotta love it. See you on the (grass emoji).”

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Roger Federer reacts during his third-round match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Koepfer posed a very hard challenge to Federer. The first three sets went to the tiebreaker where Federer triumphed twice. Even in the fourth set, Federer was trailing for the majority of the set; however, the Swiss maestro managed to turn the tide in his favor and pick the win.

Andy Murray congratulates winner, Roger Federer. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Andy Murray Live)

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Andy Murray’s tweet on Roger Federer

The conditions for Federer were not easy. It was a night session with slow and heavy conditions. Moreover, the match was being played in an empty stadium which certainly hits a player as popular as Federer. Hence, Murray was feeling inspired by Federer because he was doing what he loved.

“I’m not bothered by the outcome of this match at all. Just seeing Federer at 39 off the back of 2 knee surgeries playing to an empty stadium at 12.30 am getting fired up is inspirational to me. Do what you (heart emoji).”

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In a way, Murray and Federer are following a similar path in 2021. Murray has dealt with various injuries this year and is trying his best to get ready for Wimbledon. Similarly, Federer has clearly emphasized that he is playing Roland Garros to get ready for Wimbledon and he implied that is where his 2021 season will start.

Next Federer plays Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round. He has been a bit skeptical about playing the match and last said that he will assess the ‘situation’. This means that Federer could withdraw from the match even before it starts.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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