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“Grew up With the Rivalry”: Next-Gen Star Picks Roger Federer Over Rafael Nadal as His Idol

“Grew up With the Rivalry”: Next-Gen Star Picks Roger Federer Over Rafael Nadal as His Idol

Back at the Rome Masters 2020, 18-year-old, Lorenzo Musetti, rose to fame after beating Stan Wawrinka. He played incredibly well and thrashed the Swiss star 6-0, 7-6. Seeing such amazing tennis, many wondered who the inspiration of the young prodigy was. Well, the answer is none other than Roger Federer.

“Federer has always been my favorite player, he’s my reference, and continues to be…I grew up with the rivalry between him and Nadal, and when they ask me what my dream final would be, I always answer against Roger at Wimbledon,” He said.

Roger Federer
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Roger Federer of Switzerland is interviewed by Jim Courier after winning his Mens Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Roger Federer at Wimbledon

With 8 Wimbledon titles, Roger Federer is undoubtedly the greatest ever grass-court player. Hence, it is no surprise that Musetti wants to play against him there. However, even the greatest have had slip-ups and the Swiss Maestro is no different.

Last year, Roger faced Novak Djokovic in the final of the Wimbledon. He had 2 championship points, and he squandered both of them, which led to Novak winning the event.

This was a terrible slip-up, and it probably haunts him to this day. Now, the big question is – will he ever win the title again?

Roger Federer
Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hold their trophies as they walk off Centre Court after the Men’s Singles Final during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019 in London, England.

Considering that the Swiss Maestro is 39 years old, many might think that it’s unlikely. Also, in 2020, he underwent 2 knee surgeries which may impact his performance when he returns to the court.

Clearly, the odds are against Roger. However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion excels at proving people wrong. Back in 2017, he came back from knee surgery and won 2 Grand Slam titles. Let’s hope that he will repeat this feat when he returns in 2021.

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