'Roger Federer has been a huge role model for me growing up', says ATP ace

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'Roger Federer has been a huge role model for me growing up', says ATP ace

A few days before the Tokyo Olympics, which will see Novak Djokovic representing Serbia in the men's singles draw, the official entry list of the next edition of the US Open has been published. The tournament was won last year by Dominic Thiem, who defeated Alexander Zverev in a thriller final and won the first Grand Slam of his career.

The Austrian is not having one of his best seasons and will try to do what he can to recover from his right wrist injury. Just like at Roland Garros, the Big Three will take the field at Flushing Meadows. Djokovic has won the top three majors of the year and will try to sign yet another feat by completing the Grand Slam.

The Serbian champion has not always expressed his best tennis in New York, but his important motivations will certainly give him an additional boost. Roger Federer instead took one of the heaviest defeats of his career in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

Surprising him in the quarter-finals was the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, who even won the last set with a score of 6-0. The Swiss decided not to participate in the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee relapse and to recover 100% from a physical point of view.

After announcing that he would not participate in the 134th edition of the Championships, Rafael Nadal will return to play a Grand Slam after the defeat suffered in the semifinals at Roland Garros against Djokovic. The Spaniard failed to reach the goal he had set for himself in Paris, but he will be ready for the US Open, a tournament he has already won four times and which has given him the greatest emotions if we exclude his impressive statistics.

at Roland Garros. Nadal will restart from the ATP 500 tournament in Washington and should then participate in the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati before flying to New York.

Shapovalov reflects 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.

"He has been a huge role model for me growing up and he's continued to be," Shapovalov said. "The way he carries himself, the way he is as a person, there's no show with him. It's all natural, all genuine.

It's really inspiring, just great to have met him and see how he really is." When asked which member of the famed Big 3 he considered the GOAT, Shapovalov shied away from giving a definitive answer. The Canadian claimed that each member of the trio has a plausible claim to the moniker.

"It's impossible to name a GOAT. It's really personal to every person. One person might just look at the stats, another person might judge how much of a champion that player was, how he carried himself as a person or on the courts," Shapovalov said.