Roger Federer: 'I miss Rafael Nadal's sleeveless tennis shirts'



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Roger Federer: 'I miss Rafael Nadal's sleeveless tennis shirts'

Contrary to expectations, Roger Federer flew to Boston to witness the fourth edition of the Laver Cup live. Even without any of the Big 3s on the pitch, Team Europe managed to easily establish itself on Team World in the wonderful setting of the TD Garden of Boston.

The outcome of the contest has never been in question since the opening day, but there was no lack of spectacular sequences that thrilled the public. The former world number 1, who devised the Laver Cup format together with his agency 'Team 8', has just undergone surgery on his right knee for the third time in the last year and a half.

There is no precise program for his return to the tour, as his coach Ivan Ljubicic also admitted in a recent interview with the Messenger. The Swiss phenomenon played just 13 official matches in 2021, with a not-so-exciting tally of nine wins against four defeats.

In a long interview with 'GQ Magazine' during his stay in Boston, King Roger touched on numerous topics. Speaking of clothing, the 20-time Grand Slam champion brought up his friend and rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles

Roger Federer responded by saying he misses Agassi's iconic shorts, as well as Rafael Nadal's sleeveless tops.

The Swiss went on to assert that players should be free to wear what they please. "Me too! I mean no one needs to look the same anymore," Federer said. "I miss Rafa's sleeveless tennis shirts, but I guess we all evolve."

The Swiss maestro believes Bjorn Borg - a multiple Slam champion on clay and grass - was an anomaly, and that versatility was a difficult attribute to find in that generation. Federer also believes that players nowadays are more driven by their urge to break records, which makes him feel that the Slam record will be surpassed in the future.

"I feel like there were hardcourt players, claycourt players and there weren’t so many players who could play on all surfaces," Federer said. "Sure, [Bjorn] Borg did it, but things were different. Players weren't chasing one Slam after another like they are today and record after record.

Nowadays such a strategy is much more part of your career. So, yes, a new, incredible player will, I believe, break our run of 20 Grand Slams eventually – but not overnight!" Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players in the history of tennis.

The former World No.1 has won 20 Grand Slam titles in his professional career. Recently, he appeared at Laver Cup 2021 in Boston, America where he received an overwhelming reception from the crowd.