'Everybody loves Roger Federer because of...', says top coach

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'Everybody loves Roger Federer because of...', says top coach

In 2001, 19-year-old Roger Federer reached the final in Rotterdam, beating Andrew Ilie, Sebastien Grosjean, Alex Corretja and Andrei Pavel before losing a thrilling final to Nicolas Escude. Roger remained the youngest finalist in Rotterdam until last year, when Felix Auger-Aliassime broke his record for about nine days.

Roger and Felix share a birthday, and the Canadian surpassed the Swiss thanks to the Rotterdam event taking place earlier than in 2001, securing a spot in his fourth ATP final. Auger-Aliassime defeated Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round and reached the quarters over Grigor Dimitrov.

The Canadian beat Aljaz Bedene to advance to the quarterfinals, facing Pablo Carreño Busta. The youngster beat the Spaniard 7-6, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes to become the youngest player with four ATP finals since Rafael Nadal!

Auger-Aliassime threw 16 aces and fought off the four break opportunities he played against, dominating with his first serve and fighting on the second, but not enough to give the Spaniard room on the return. Carreño Busta fought well to save four of the five break points, losing lead in the tie break of the first set and in the opening games of the second set to power Félix.

The more experienced player had better pace in the first set, navigating through all six service games and creating two break opportunities at 5-5 that Auger-Aliassime repelled with two winners. The Canadian fired three winners in a row at 4-2 in the tie break for a huge boost before set number two.

There, Pablo scored a backhand in Game 3, and that was the break Felix needed to get over.

Macci on the GOAT debate

The ageless debate in men’s tennis about the Greatest of All Time rages on. Everyone has their own favorite between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic and will defend their choice to the death.

However, in a recent interview with Venus and Serena Williams’ former coach, Rick Macci, we got some expert opinion on the topic. Rick said, “Everybody loves Federer because of the way he plays, so graceful and artistic and stuff like that.

We judge it on how many Slams that you win you can’t argue with Djokovic. Because of the way his consistency and staying up there have very few speed bumps”. The coach elaborated that the picture would be clearer in a few years as the jury is still out with all three players still active.

Furthermore, Macci continued, “It looks like Novak right now but Federer is maybe the best player in my opinion but Novak might go down as the greatest, but don’t count out Rafa either”.