‘Roger Federer was able to be just through kind of his operation’, says former No. 1

Another Masters 1000 is over, the first in 2021 and it had an unprecedented champion, but do you know who is the tennis player who has won the most tournaments in this category? The first place in this classification is occupied by the Serbian Novak Djokovic, leader of the ATP ranking, with a total of 36 Masters 1000 titles. In those events “Nole” is already the most dominant in history, beating his main escort by one, which is the Spanish Rafael Nadal. Rafa occupies second place with 35 championships, and in two weeks he will have a chance to match the Serbian at the top on his favorite surface, Monte Carlo clay. Later Madrid and Rome will come, stages where it is expected that the number one and three in the world will be. The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the Swiss Roger Federer, although a little far behind with 28 Masters 1000 championships. Further back in the standings come the American Andre Agassi with 17 titles, followed by the British Andy Murray (14), the North American Pete Sampras (11), the Austrian Thomas Muster (8) and the American Michael Chang (7). Roger Federer has had multiple fierce rivalries over his illustrious career. Starting from the 2001 season onwards, Federer had an intense rivalry with Andy Roddick, and the duo constantly competed against each other at the latter stages of the tournament. The most interesting answer given by the 2003 US Open champion was when a fan asked him about when was he the most nervous before or during the match.

Roddick talks about Roger Federer

“I was always jittery before matches. One of my many sources of jealousy with Roger Federer was how relaxed he was able to be just through kind of his operation, whether it was practice before matches. I was not that way. I was and am pretty high-strung when I care about something,” said Andy Roddick. The American acknowledged his shortcoming in being unable to keep himself relaxed as Federer did. However, Roddick did mention being less nervous as the tournament progressed. Nadal, Federer, and Thiem are nowhere in the Top-20 in terms of their current ranking points and will struggle to make the main draw at the Finals if their places hold. However, that could change as they could jump the queue with more match wins and titles at upcoming tournaments. Federer, who returned to competitive action after a 14-month absence at Doha, only to bow out in the quarters, is currently at the 200th place with just 45 ranking points. He would hope to make solid ground at Halle and Wimbledon in the hope of sealing a qualifying spot at an event he has won six times.

 

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