'Roger Federer was very genuinely happy and it made me...', says WTA star

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'Roger Federer was very genuinely happy and it made me...', says WTA star

Novak Djokovic did not appear in the best form of him and did not express his usual level of play, but nevertheless moved three distances from the Grand Slam goal. The Serbian champion could sign the umpteenth feat of his career and surpass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the number of major leagues won for the first time.

Along the way he met Matteo Berrettini, who at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon has shown that he has the right weapons to worry him and put him in trouble. Regardless, Djokovic, despite losing the first set, was able to beat Berrettini in four sets, to reach the 2021 Flushing Meadows semi-final.

In recent days, the debate on the GOAT issue has heated up more than ever and his personal opinion has been expressed by Nicola Pietrangeli, who, a few days after his 88th birthday, gave a very interesting interview to Corriere della Sera.

An interview in which he responded without thinking for a second to the usual question: who is the best tennis player of all time? "Without a doubt: Roger Federer. The strongest he has ever challenged? Rod Laver. Despite Lew Hoad, in the only match, he was formidable.

Djokovic will not surpass Federer, even if he achieves the Grand Slam. Let's say that he is a great who will never be the greatest." In one of his last press conferences, Djokovic focused on the rivalry with Federer and Nadal.

He said: "I think the challenge between Roger and Rafa on the field half on the ground and half on the grass was a fantastic idea, who thought he was a genius!"

Bencic on Roger Federer

The recently concluded Tokyo Olympic Games produced some sensational tennis.

In the women’s singles, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic defied all odds to claim the coveted gold medal. At the start of the tournament, not many would’ve predicted what unfolded. However, Bencic displayed some swashbuckling shot making to go all the way.

Along the way, she received a lot of support from some of the best, including countryman Roger Federer. “He [Federer] was very genuinely happy and it made me also very happy. Every match he was cheering for me and sending me nice messages.

Just generally, even when you’re not asking him for tips, just talking normally, you can learn so many things [talking about] how you feel in this situation, how was it for you. It’s so much for me already and so many people don’t have that so I would call myself very lucky to have this kind of support”.