‘When Roger Federer walks into the room, there’s…’, says former diplomat

Novak Djokovic claimed his ninth Australian Open title just a few days ago. The world number 1 demolished Daniil Medvedev in the final and posted the 18th Grand Slam title of his exceptional career. At a press conference, the world number 1 illustrated the gap that still separates the Big 3 from the rest of the circuit. Suffice it to say that Djokovic and Nadal have taken home 10 of the last 11 Slams played. “He’s a good guy and he showed us why (referring to his words during the award ceremony, ed), I think great things about him on and off the pitch. Today was simply not his day, but he has made a splendid journey and I’m sure it will be repeated in the future“ – said Djokovic. “They have the quality to win major trophies. They have already tried it, Thiem for example has already won the US Open. Me, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal know what to do in the Grand Slams and how to play the best of 5 matches. […] For me the various Zverevs, Tsitsipas and Medvedev are very close to winning a Grand Slam. They already win Finals and Masters 1000 and they reach the bottom in the Slams, I think it’s just a matter of time. I just hope not close “- he added. Nole went into even more detail: “There is a lot of quality among the younger guys and as I said before they are very close to winning a Grand Slam. But there is a reason why Roger, Rafa and I are still here.” Dave Seminara, a noted writer and former diplomat based in Florida, has written a book titled “Footsteps of Federer: A Fan’s Pilgrimage Across 7 Swiss Cantons in 10 Acts”, which will be released in early March. In an interview with Perfect Tennis, Seminara spoke about Federer’s overpowering presence which commands the attention of everyone in the room – even journalists who have covered the sport for decades.

Seminara reflects on Roger Federer

“Roger Federer has a tremendous presence,” Dave Seminara said. “When he walks into the room, there’s a hush. Everyone suddenly stops looking at their phones… even reporters who have been covering tennis for 20, 30 years with (Pete) Sampras and (Andre) Agassi turn quiet.” In the process of winning an unprecedented ninth career Australian Open title before a roaring Sunday crowd at Melbourne Park, top-seed Novak Djokovic went past Roger Federer to reach another astounding landmark. The World Number 1 is now the holder of 12 Grand Slam titles on hard court, which is the most by any player.

 The Big 3 are considered the top tier of men’s tennis

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