‘I’ve never seen Roger Federer in person but…’, says football star

Roger Federer’s 2021 saw an ups and downs of emotions for all his supporters. On the one hand, the fans experienced the joy of seeing the champion on the field after more than a year of stoppage and on the other hand there were burning defeats and bitter results with Roger often slowed down by injuries. Towards the end of the year the Swiss was then forced to a new operation, very bad news thinking that, at 40, the margins of a return to tennis played by the Swiss are getting harder and harder. In recent weeks, the city of Basel has honored one of its most prestigious citizens, Roger Federer, with a tram dedicated to him, with his name and shots that retrace his extraordinary career, from his first to the most recent victories. Interviewed on Sky Sport, Robert Federer, Roger’s father, talked about the tram and his son’s career. Here are his words: “For the Federer family it is a great honor to know that a tram dedicated to Roger runs through the streets of Basel. With his logo, his photographs, there are shots of his Grand Slam victories and also of his victories in Basel. When I first saw it I liked it a lot, I love the colors and I can say that it is fantastic. Basel means a lot to our family, Roger was born here. It is our home and the fields on which he began to play are just outside the city.” Robert then told some curiosities about his son’s career and his childhood: “When he was little Roger took the tram for training, if he was late boarded without a ticket. It didn’t happen often but it did. Every now and then he traveled without paying but he wasn’t always like that (laughs).”

Dybala on his passion for Roger 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. Dybala went on to reveal that he had skipped a few football matches in the past just to be able to watch Federer in action. However, the Argentine rued the fact that he has never met the Swiss in person. “I have skipped a football match a few times to watch his (Roger Federer) matches instead,” Dybala told Berrettini. “Unfortunately I’ve never seen him in person, but I hope I will be able to do it.”

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