‘Roger Federer gets out of the car just to say…’, says ATP star

Swiss Roger Federer’s first appearance at the Olympic Games took place at the Sydney 2000 Games, when he beat David Prinosil, Karol Kucera, Mikael Tillstrom and Karim Alami before losing in the semifinals to Tommy Haas with a score of 6-3 6-2. Federer returned to action four years later in Athens, where he defeated Nikolaj Davydenko in three sets before making a sensational comeback against Thomas Berdych. In 2008, in Beijing, the now-experienced Federer outpointed Dmitry Tursunov, Rafael Arévalo and took revenge on Berdych, but was defeated by James Blake in the quarterfinals. However, the Swiss knew how to console himself with the doubles, in which he triumphed alongside his compatriot Stan Wawrinka. The last edition of the Olympic Games that saw Roger present was therefore London 2012, in which Federer got rid of Alejandro Falla, Julien Bennetau, Denis Istomin, John Isner and Juan Martín Del Potro, reserving the final challenge with Andy Murray.

Shapovalov opens up on Roger Federer

Denis Shapovalov recently gave his thoughts on a variety of topics, right from idolizing 20-time Major winner Roger Federer growing up, to the GOAT race between the Big 3. “I remember coming to Basel one year in 2017 and I was really a nobody, just on the come up. Roger was in the car, ready to leave the site heading home to his family,” Shapovalov said. “He gets out of the car, just to say hello to me, to talk to me 5 or 10 minutes, welcome me to his city. And just to see how everything’s going, making sure I feel at home. That really stuck with me, because I feel like very, very few players would do that, especially a guy with very limited time like Roger, especially, getting home to have dinner with his family.” Shapovalov then alluded to the old expression “never meet your heroes”, which means people you admire may disappoint you in real life by not living up to expectations. “There’s a saying that you shouldn’t be meeting your idols because then you’ll think less of them. It’s actually the opposite with Roger,” Shapovalov said. 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has had quite a remarkable career so far. He has made and broken many records in the sport and is inarguably one of the greatest players of all time. However, there are some records that he might not be able to break. Recently, the ATP Tour released the list of the players who have the most career aces till July 21, 2021. Interestingly, only Roger Federer is there on the list out of the ‘Big Three’ and surprisingly, he is on the third spot.

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