“Lionel Messi of Tennis”: French Star Claims Roger Federer As the GOAT

Published 11/28/2021, 8:52 AM EST
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer shakes hands with France’s Richard Gasquet after winning their second round match REUTERS/Paul Childs


Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has been one of the most instrumental figures in this sport. Over the years, he has displayed some of the most artistic and elegant tennis that has ever been played.

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Recently, French tennis player Richard Gasquet spoke on the great Roger Federer. He felt that the Swiss tennis player is the greatest ever to grace this game. He even went a step further and mentioned him as the Lionel Messi of tennis. 

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Roger Federer shares similarities with the footballing great 

Most people are aware of the greatness and how big a genius Messi is. The manner in which he plays football is in a similar way to how Federer conducts himself on a tennis court. Praising Federer, the Frenchman stated, “This is not about Grand Slam titles. Roger Federer is by far the best. It has no equal in history. He is Lionel Messi of tennis.”

Coming to tennis, Federer and Gasquet have faced each other several times over the years. The tie has been dominated by the 40-year-old player from Basel. Roger has won 19 matches and Richard has managed to win just two matches. They faced each other most recently at the Wimbledon Championships, which was won by the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

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DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his match against Dan Evans of Great Britain on Day 3 of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Reflecting on Roger’s season, he competed at the French Open and came as far as the fourth round. After that, he played at the Wimbledon Championships but lost in the quarterfinal. 

He released a video in which he stated that he would be requiring knee surgery. Due to that, he would be out of action for many months.

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We wish him a speedy recovery. While number 21 seems to be a long shot, fans would be eager just to get a glimpse of the veteran when he decides to return to the courts. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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