“His Game Does Not Make Anyone Dream”: Gilles Simon Details a Key Difference Between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Published 12/08/2020, 10:02 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


Roger Federer has built a unique aura around him. His illustrious tennis career has given him so much fame and recognition. Former World No.6 Gilles Simon recently said that his son always roots for Federer. The French player reacted further and revealed the polarising difference between Federer and Novak Djokovic.

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In a recent interview with Paris Match, Simon said he respects the admiration Federer gets but his rivals especially Djokovic deserves the same admiration as well.

“It’s okay to sell Federer to everyone because it’s admirable in so many ways. But a Novak Djokovic is also admirable. Except that with him, we especially want to remember that he is not Federer.”

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Roger Federer celebrates his victory against Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Why does Federer command a huge fan following?

Federer’s majestic gameplay is a great favorite. His style complimented by his personality makes his people’s favorite. Comparing that to Djokovic, Simon said that the Serbian’s tennis does not make anyone ‘dream’.

“Everyone would like Roger to be the greatest of all time. Because the public first loves a player for his game. Then, he projects it on his personality. With Federer, everything fits. With Djoko, no. His game does not make anyone dream. “

Roger Federer celebrates championship point in the Australian Open 2017 Final match against Rafael Nadal. (Photo by Scott Barbour – Pool/Getty Images)

Gilles Simon talks about crowd-favorite Roger Federer

Further, Simon cited the Wimbledon 2019 final saying Djokovic was suffering as the whole stadium was with Federer. People don’t fancy Djokovic’s personality when compared to Federer’s.

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“And he suffers from it, as in the Wimbledon final against Federer, where he has the whole public against him. It must be hard for him. Perhaps he should have played his “character” thoroughly. Like a Murray did, in the self-sacrifice side, beating that never lets go, even if it means being painful. With Djokovic, we would have liked him to take the wrong role: I’m going to beat everyone with my unspectacular game, period.”

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold their trophies at Wimbledon 2019.

Both Federer and Djokovic are different players and command different fan bases. Federer, Djokovic and Rafa Nadal and are involved in the GOAT debate which splits the fan bases. But the three have been icons of the sport and are unique with their tennis and success.

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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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