Andre Agassi’s Former Coach Reveals What Emma Raducanu Has In Common With Roger Federer

Published 09/20/2021, 2:24 PM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


18-year-old Emma Raducanu emerged as the champion of the US Open 2021. She displayed some excellent gameplay at the US Open 2021 and managed to win her maiden Grand Slam title without losing a single set. In the finals, she defeated Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.

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In a recent interview to Dailymail.co.uk, Andre Agassi’s former coach, Nick Bollettieri, revealed the real reason for the success of Emma Raducanu. He believes that her footwork is extraordinary.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a forehand against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final. Day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Emma does all the basics well, but eye-catching was her remarkable footwork. That’s the bedrock for everything else,” said Bollettieri in the interview.

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The former coach believes Raducanu’s footwork is what made her an exemplary player on the court. He even highlighted that it was her footwork that caught his attention in the first place.

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Nick Bollettieri draws parallel between Emma Raducanu and Roger Federer

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Bollettieri stated that Raducanu reminds her of 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer, who also has an amazing footwork. He also claimed that it is the reason why Federer enjoyed so much success on the ATP Tour. However, he said that in order to watch the Swiss Maestro’s footwork, one needs a slo-mo as he is very quick.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

“Roger Federer has sublime talent and shots but the bedrock is in the footwork. Watch it, but you’ll need slo-mo,” added the former coach.

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Emma Raducanu is likely to play at the Indian Wells Masters 2021 after her US Open 2021 triumph. Fans have huge expectations from her and want her to play with the same kind of form and momentum. Currently at the 23rd position in the rankings, will she be able to end the year with within the top-10 WTA players?

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