'Roger Federer is a very good role model', says former Top 10

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'Roger Federer is a very good role model', says former Top 10

The 2020 season saw a shortened schedule due to the pandemic, with no action on the Pro Tour between March and August. The US Open and Roland Garros took place after the season restarted, while Wimbledon had to close its doors for the first time since 1945.

The All England Club Main Board (AELTC) and the Championships Management Committee decided to cancel Wimbledon in April last year, unable to prepare the turf for any other dates outside of their regular hours and shifting the focus to 2021.

As predicted, this was one of the essential tennis news in recent years, sparking reactions across the tennis world and proving once again why Wimbledon is our sport's most prestigious event. Eight-time champion Roger Federer was devastated to hear the news of the cancellation, share that with his fans on social media, and prepare to compete at Halle and Wimbledon in 2021.

Thus, Federer missed the men's singles draw at Wimbledon for the first time since 1998 when he won the junior title at the age of 16, debuting at the main level a year later and beginning his journey to the most established player in the world.

All England Club. Following the impressive victory over Pete Sampras in 2001, Federer won the first Wimbledon crown in 2003, dominating in the cathedral of tennis for the next four years to claim five consecutive titles before he was defeated by Rafael Nadal in that epic 2008 final.

. A year later, Roger beat Andy Roddick in another memorable clash to regain the crown, celebrating in 2012 over Andy Murray and losing the final to Novak Djokovic in 2014 and 2015. Just before his 36th birthday, Federer made it all the way at Wimbledon in 2017 without losing a set, lifting the eighth and final trophy of the Championship.

Dimitrov speaks about Federer

World No. 28 Grigor Dimitrov recently admitted he has grown tired of the "Baby Fed" nickname bestowed on him for the similarities between his game and Roger Federer's. "I appreciated it so much at the beginning.

But then with time, I was like, "Come on, it's getting old," Dimitrov said. His resentment of the "Baby Fed" nickname notwithstanding, Grigor Dimitrov has the utmost respect for Federer. The Bulgarian revealed that he considers the Swiss an amazing role model from whom he can learn a lot.

"Roger Federer is a very good role model, and I always try to look up to him," Dimitrov said. "He's been the role model in our sport itself and I think you can learn a lot from him. He used to be rebel from what I heard, when he was at a younger age. But for me, I think I've kept that still in my personality," Dimitrov said.