'He was Roger Federer's first major challenger', says top analyst



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'He was Roger Federer's first major challenger', says top analyst

Former world No. 8 Jurgen Melzer has been appointed as the new captain of the Austrian Davis Cup team, according to Nikolaus Fink. Melzer, 40, retired from professional tennis at the end of October in Vienna. Melzer teamed up with world No.

3 Alexander Zverev for the last tournament of his career when the two lost to John Peers and Filip Polasek in their first match in the tournament. Austria failed to make it past the group stage in this year's Davis Cup Finals and Stefan Koubek is no longer the captain of the Austrian team.

Melzer, who reached the Davis Cup quarter-finals with Austria in 2012, will replace Koubek as team captain. "I saw it as an advantage, to be able to play one last game at home," Melzer told the ATP website. "Saying goodbye at home is special to me.

It's where my career started, it's where I was very successful." Melzer, who turned professional in 1999, always wanted to show tennis with good eyes. “I have always tried to be a good ambassador for the sport and to make the sport as enjoyable as possible.

What I liked today is the last two days, [for those] who played on this court in the city there were not many spectators," said Melzer. Christopher Clarey released the biography of Roger Federer, 'The Master: Brilliant Career of Roger Federer' earlier this year.

He currently works as a sports correspondent for the New York Times and is also a regular contributor to ESPN.

Clarey opens up on the Big 3

Renowned sports journalist Christopher Clarey recently revealed that Roger Federer had a really 'tough' time accepting Novak Djokovic.

He also explained why the Swiss maestro has a good and healthy relationship with Rafael Nadal and not with Novak Djokovic. "Rafa-Roger came from comfortable childhoods; they had choices," said Clarey. "Djokovic came from a war-torn country.

Unlike Rafa-Roger, he had no choices. He just wanted- and needed- to succeed." Clarey went ahead and further highlighted that even though the Spaniard was Federer's first big challenger, he made peace with him after some time.

However, according to Clarey, when Djokovic came on the court and started winning titles, the Swiss was shocked and didn't accept him readily. "Rafael Nadal was Roger's first major challenger," he said. "By the time Roger made peace, Djokovic came along.

Federer had a tough time to accept." Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are all tied at 20 Majors each at the end of the 2021 season.