Roger Federer is 39, Rafael Nadal 34, Novak Djokovic 33: on paper both Nadal and Djokovic could have time to overcome Federer’s 20 victories. One thing is certain and Daniil Medvedev said it the other day, after losing the Melbourne final to Novak at the Australian Open: “The Big Three are better tennis players than all the others. I’m not afraid to admit it. we play to the maximum, we can put them in trouble every now and then, we can beat them for once, we can even snatch them a title. But I’m 25 and to win nine Australian Open like Novak did I should win every year until I’m 34 : I believe in myself, but I don’t think I would be able to do it. We’re talking about tennis cyborgs: the Big Three are just amazing.” 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.
Dave Seminara on his passion for Roger Federer
While researching and writing his book, Dave Seminara had the opportunity to meet Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. Recalling that meeting, Seminara claimed that Federer always pays attention to the person he is talking to, which distinguishes him from many other athletes. “When you ask Federer a question, he looks at you, tries to give something back,” Seminara said. “He shows you basic respect as a person…other athletes don’t give as much attention.” After winning his 18th Grand Slam title at the 2021 Australian Open, Novak Djokovic is about to achieve another historic milestone. In a week’s time, Djokovic will surpass Roger Federer’s record of the most weeks spent at the No. 1 ranking. The 9-time Australian Open champion feels that tweaking his schedule will help him fulfill his responsibility to his family. Due to quarantine protocols amidst the pandemic, Djokovic hasn’t been able to travel with his kids and wife. Originally scheduled to play at the Dubai Open next, Djokovic has now cast doubts over his participation. The World No. 1 will take a break from the tour to recover from the abdominal tear he suffered during his third-round match at the Australian Open. With Djokovic just two Grand Slam titles away from arch-rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the GOAT debate has further intensified.
The Swiss legend is adored by millions of tennis fans worldwide