Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini has once again stated that he is a huge Roger Federer fan, adding that tennis fans should enjoy the Big Three while they are still around. World No. 8 Berrettini is a huge Federer fan, but he also recognized the greatness of the two main Swiss rivals: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
"I never hid the fact that I am a Federer fan," Berrettini told Corriere Della Sera, quoted on We Love Tennis. "I was as a child and I still am today. But the good thing about Djokovic, Federer and Nadal is that they are so different, they have such great qualities, that it is difficult to choose between them.
Obviously, we are seeing the decline of Roger due to his age, but let's enjoy these three amazing champions while they're here." Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries before returning to the Tour last March, announced a third knee surgery two weeks ago.
"I just wanted to give you an update [on] what has been happening since Wimbledon. As you can imagine, it has not been simple. I have also been doing a lot of checks with the doctors on my knee, getting all the information while I hurt myself more during the season.
grass and Wimbledon,” Federer said in a video.
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Since turning pro in 1998, Roger Federer faced opponents from different eras of tennis. Ranging from Andre Agassi to Rafael Nadal, the Swiss star engaged in many rivalries to establish himself as one of the greatest players of all time.
Earlier this week, Federer appeared in a virtual event along with wheelchair players Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid. During the event, the 40-year-old detailed how Navratilova’s idea of playing at the net changed the way players played the game.
He said, “Back in the day also, if you look at the women’s game, or the men’s game. If you look how Vilas and Borg had rallies, it was very much like back-and-forth, back-and-forth. Or Chrissie Evert also, very much back-and-forth.
And then, somebody like Navratilova comes in, and others, who always net rush, and then other players realise, ‘Oh, this also works.' ” The Swiss star mentioned this example to portray how others follow the idea, which ultimately changes the game.
“It only takes one person to give that idea to others, and then more and more do it,” said Federer. “And then you have the herd coming in and everyone trying it. This is when the game is truly changing. And then we’ll see that probably also, moving forward”.