'I don’t think Roger Federer realistically believes he can win...', says expert



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'I don’t think Roger Federer realistically believes he can win...', says expert

2021 was the best year of his career on the circuit for Hubert Hurkacz. The 24-year-old Pole in the last season was able to win his first 1000 masters in Miami in the final against Jannik Sinner, two ATP 250s (Delray Beach and Metz), reached the ninth position in the ranking and also played a few weeks ago in the ATP Finals of Turin, his first in career.

In a recent interview with the Polish magazine Elle Man Talks, the tennis player talked about tennis and his main interests outside the field. Hurkacz exalted the exploits of the big 3, capable of inspiring an entire generation of tennis players with their skills and results.

Hurkacz's idol is Roger Federer and, for this reason, the Pole's victory with Roger at Wimbledon this year represents for him the most prestigious success in his career. Wimbledon is also Hurkacz's favorite tournament.

Regarding the other two champions, Hurkacz declared that Djokovic is the most dominant player with the best backhand on the circuit, Nadal the one with the best forehand, for the power he is able to impart to his shots. For the Pole, Isner, on the other hand, is the one with the best serve.

The 24-year-old from Wroclaw then declared that Sinner is his best friend on the circuit, while compatriot Swiatek would be the ideal mixed doubles partner for him. The tennis player then spoke about his interests and tastes.

Michael Jordan is his favorite basketball player, the Old Town of Wroclaw (his hometown) his favorite place. Regarding the outfit for the matches, the Pole prefers comfortable and classic clothes, a t-shirt and shorts.

Greg Rusedski talks about Federer

Former World number four Greg Rusedski has revealed which Grand Slam tournaments he feels both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal can win as they return from injury.

Speaking with Express Sport, Rusedski said “well Roger Federer I think is focused on Wimbledon. I don’t think he realistically believes he can win in Paris (French Open) or he can win in Australia (Australian Open) or the US Open.

Wimbledon as we saw in 2019 he had a few match points against Novak [Djokovic]. This year he didn’t play particularly well at Wimbledon and still made the quarter-finals so if he’s healthy, I think that’s where he believes he still has a shot to win and he wants to win the best titles, he just doesn’t want to make the numbers up so for Roger that’s probably the goal.

For Rafa [Nadal] it’s the French Open. That’s where he thinks he can get [Grand Slam] number 21 because Djokovic is really the supreme player on hard courts”.