'I've known Roger Federer since...', says former ATP ace

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'I've known Roger Federer since...', says former ATP ace

The Russian Tennis Federation (FRT) has needed less than two hours to certify its pass to the Final after Daniil Medvedev defeated Jan Lennard Struff 6-4 and 6-4 and Andrey Rublev did the same with Dominik Koepfer by 6 -4 and 6-0 to give his country a landslide 2-0 victory over Germany.

Now the Russians will face Croatia this Sunday, with the two teams seeking what would be their third Davis Cup title. There was some consolation for Germany when Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz defeated Aslan Karatsev and Karen Khachanov 46, 63, 64 in doubles to maintain their undefeated Davis Cup status and lead to the final score of RTF 2-1 Germany.

With four players in the 'top 30', the FRT is the envy of the competition, and this has been the series in which it has demonstrated its superiority the most, especially since Rublev raised the level of it in a remarkable way.

"In other games I felt like I was winning easily, that I didn't have to try too hard, and in the end I was completely relaxed," Rublev said afterward. "I gave up on the other player. Then he won or lost in three sets.

The difference today was that from the beginning I was launched, I was trying to win with everything, to play the best I can, not to give up. In the end I managed to win easily." Roger Federer recently confirmed that he will not be playing at the 2022 Australian Open, and even cast doubt over his presence at Wimbledon next year.

The Swiss has been suffering from knee problems for a large chunk of the past two seasons, having played only four tournaments since the 2020 Australian Open.

Llodra speaks about Roger Federer

In a recent interview, former World No.

21 Michael Llodra spoke about growing up and training with Roger Federer during their formative years. The Frenchman pointed out that Federer and he have been peers all along, given that the age difference between them is just one year.

"I had the chance to face him (Roger Federer) several times. We are a year apart, I've known him since I was 12," Llodra told Telegram. "We grew up together. I didn't think he would have such a monstrous career.

He was a very good player, we could see that he had facilities, but from there it was hard to predict that he was going to become one of the greatest players of all time," he said. "He had flashes but he was a bit nervous and had ups and downs.

As soon as he managed to sort it out, he became a whole different player," he added. "He has such ease, and all his shots are perfect."