‘I grew up idolizing Roger Federer’, says ATP star

After winning just one title in 2013 (the lowest number since 2001), Roger Federer rallied a year later to conquer the two fastest Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati and Shanghai alongside Dubai, Halle and Basel. The Swiss master stayed away from Masters 1000 titles for two years after Cincinnati 2012 before changing that in 2014, gaining momentum and lifting Shanghai’s first crown after a hard-fought 7-6, 7-6 victory over Gilles Simon. in one hour and 53 minutes on October 12. Rafael Nadal lost in the opening match, and Roger barely escaped the same fate, fending off five match points against Leonardo Mayer to gain a huge boost for the remainder of the tournament. The Swiss played just two break points against Julien Benneteau, Roberto Bautista Agut and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, playing at a high level and hoping for more of the same against the Frenchman. Gilles sent off Stan Wawrinka, Feliciano López and Tomas Berdych to advance to the second Masters 1000 final and the first in six years, ready to challenge Federer and fight for the most remarkable moment of his career. Roger won 15 more points than his rival and still had to win both sets in the tie break to secure the title at the Qizhong Tennis Center, 23rd at this level. Simon served with just 51%, but made the most of his serve to save six of the seven break opportunities and have Roger run for the win, having chances to claim both sets. Federer was more efficient on both the first and second serves, repelling two of three break points and forcing many errors from his opponent to secure the victory. The Swiss had an advantage in both the shortest and the longest rallies, needing those strong and aggressive groundstrokes against the opponent who was on practically every ball, moving magnificently down the court and taming his shots from both wings to keep alive. opportunities from start to finish.

Berrettini and Dybala on Federer

In a recent interview with ATP Tour.com, Matteo Berrettini and Juventus footballer Paulo Dybala lavished praise on Roger Federer. Berrettini compared the Swiss to footballing great Ronaldinho, while Dybala revealed that he looked up to the 20-time Major champion growing up. “I always had Ronaldinho as my idol, for his class and for how he had fun on the pitch,” Dybala said. Matteo Berrettini then revealed he liked how his idol, Roger Federer, had the ability to make the game look effortless, just like Ronaldinho. The Italian also marveled at Federer’s “elegance” and overall demeanor. “Personally, I never hid that I grew up idolizing Roger [Federer]. I liked the way he made everything look easy, almost like Ronaldinho,” Berrettini told Dybala. “The way he was on the court, his elegance, the way he speaks, the vibe he gives.”

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