Gilles Simon Reasons Why Roger Federer is His Son’s Hero

Published 11/29/2020, 8:30 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles third round match against John Millman of Australia on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


The name, Roger Federer, resonates with every tennis fan on the globe. It is not just a consequence of his many records or his effortless playing style, but also his very amiable personality. In the case of French player Gilles Simon, the name of the Swiss maestro comes before himself for his son.

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Federer has influenced every tennis conversation in the last two decades. From the kids to the elderly, the 39-year-old is the primal image of the sport. That is why, it is easier for the former World No. 6 to accept his son’s choice.

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)

Roger Federer met Gilles Simon in Basel in 2018

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In the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals, Simon lost to the 20 time Grand Slam winner 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Instead of being disheartened, his son rejoiced because his hero, Roger Federer, had earned the W.

He said, “My wife has always been a big Nadal fan, and of course my son’s became her too. Then – in 2017 – Federer defeated Nadal in five sets in the final of the Australian Open. My son Timothée was angry, scolded why we talked him into Nadal when Federer was better!

“Since then, Roger has been Timothée’s hero – no one can hold a candle to him. Neither do I – the boy even told me that when I met Federer in Basel … That’s just how children are (laughs).”

When the competition is compared against Federer, there is hardly a chance for anyone to endure his odds. Gilles has also been vocal that such comparisons have direly affected French tennis.

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Under the shadow of Federer and Nadal

Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him in the Men’s Singles Semi-Final at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

Being under the shadow of the Federer-Nadal duo has been the fate of every tennis player since 2003. Only, for Gilles, the shadow even extends inside his house.

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However, the two are also responsible for tennis’s growth over the many years, and Gilles is no stranger to that.

At 39, Federer will once again take the court in Australia after a year-long break from tennis. His passion and his commitment to the game have not diminished despite increasing age. Therefore, it would indeed be a spectacle to watch if he can lift one more Grand Slam title.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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