“It’s Elegant, Graceful”: Renowned American Journalist Relates Roger Federer to Lionel Messi

Published 09/18/2021, 8:21 AM EDT
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with fans during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Roger Federer has inspired millions of people from all over the world. After turning 40, he still continues to do so. Over the years, the dedication maintained by him still highlights his professionalism. He often gets compared to the greats of other sports. 

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Recently, Roger Federer was praised by renowned American journalist Christopher Clarey of the New York Times. He compared the Swiss maestro’s style of play to that of soccer legend, Lionel Messi. Both players display an elegant, flawless style of play. 

PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 19: Lionel Messi looks on during a Paris Saint-Germain training session at Ooredoo Center on August 19, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

The sports journalist stated, “It’s like Messi playing football. You watch it and see it’s elegant, graceful. You don’t even have to play tennis to enjoy it.” Players of these qualities can make an individual develop a liking for that sport. 

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Roger Federer barely played tennis in 2021

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Speaking about Federer’s season, he began competing in Doha first. However, he wasn’t able to go deep and lost in the initial rounds. After that, he was seen in Geneva and played his first event on clay this season. Shockingly, he lost in the opening round. 

LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

His next stop was Paris, and he had a good first week, winning three matches. However, he withdrew before the fourth-round match as he was lacking match fitness. He was next seen at Halle, but he lost in the second round to Felix Auger-Aliassime. 

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At the Wimbledon Championships, he played well in the first week. Unfortunately, his journey ended in the quarterfinal when he lost to Hubert Hurkacz. Since then, he has not featured and decided to end his season. He needs another surgery and we hope to see him back soon. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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