'Roger Federer was very nice', says Top 10

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'Roger Federer was very nice', says Top 10

Two-time VTB Kremlin Cup champion, Croatian Marin Cilic, gave an interview to the tournament's press service. You have come to the VTB Kremlin Cup almost every year, including the times you were in the top 5 and won the US Open.

What attracts you to this tournament? I have always liked playing here. Even as a teenager. The tournament always adapts to my game. And Moscow is one of the best cities in the world, so we always enjoy spending time here. Especially in the summer, but we are always here in the fall.

But it is always beautiful here. Russia has a great history in tennis, there are so many great tennis players. And the audience is amazing, they always appreciate quality tennis. So it's always great for me to play here. About Russian tennis players: you played with Safin, Yuzhny, Davydenko and now with Medvedev, Rublev, Khachanov.

Which generation do you consider to be the strongest? It is difficult to say. I played Marat Safin only once: on clay, in Hamburg, it was very slow. And, obviously, during his career, he had amazing career peaks. I'd say his best moment was at the Australian Open in 2005 and 2001-2002, and before that he was an excellent junior.

It's hard to say, everyone has different styles, different eras. But of course Safin had something special: same with Rublev, same with Medvedev, same with Khachanov and Karatsev. Ons Jabeur is one of the best exponents of the dropshot in women's tennis.

Her ability to play the shot at will has earned her comparisons with Roger Federer, whose delicate backhand drops are among the most beautiful sights on a tennis court.

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Speaking during her post-match press conference, Jabeur said Roger Federer has an "unbelievable" slice and dropshot and that she feels "honored" to be compared to the Swiss great.

"I think Roger has an unbelievable, like, slice and dropshot. He can make dropshots anytime," she said. "Some people were comparing us in Wimbledon especially when they saw the clip of me slicing. Of course, you cannot compare," Jabeur added.

"They said kind of the style of Federer, which I'm really honored to be compared to him. Yeah, I love Roger's dropshot and slices." Jabeur revealed she was touched by Federer's gesture and that his message motivated her to achieve greater success.

"He was very nice," she added. "He took the time to say congratulations. That inspires me a lot and gives me the hunger to win more."