Nick Bollettieri compares Emma Raducanu to Roger Federer: Her footwork is remarkable



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Nick Bollettieri compares Emma Raducanu to Roger Federer: Her footwork is remarkable

Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri has compared Emma Raducanu to Roger Federer as he has acknowledged that the rising British star already has exceptional footwork. Raducanu, 18, put up a stunning run at the US Open to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.

Raducanu, who went through qualfiying at the US Open, won a total of 10 matches en route to winning the title. Not only that Raducanu won 10 matches, she did it all in straight sets. "Emma has all the basics, but what caught my eye was her remarkable footwork.

It is the basis of everything else. Roger Federer has sublime talent and strikes, but the basis of his game is footwork. Watch it, but you'll need slow motion. Emma's ability to hit tough balls has been exceptional during this US Open.

Hitting a ball well is one thing, but consistently returning tough hits sets you apart. These are big positives," Bollettieri said.

Raducanu fulfilled her dream

Raducanu always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam but when it actually happened she couldn't believe it.

"Yeah, the visions I had, they were from pretty early on, I would say. I've always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things. You say, I want to win a Grand Slam. But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can't believe it," Raducanu said after winning the US Open.

"I first started when I was a little girl, but I think the biggest thing that you have visions of is, for me it was just winning, the winning moment, and going to celebrate with your team in the box, trying to find your way up to the box, just seeing them after the match. That's been playing in my head, like, a couple nights. Like I've fallen asleep to that (smiling)."