'I had the chance to warm up with Roger Federer and...', says ATP ace

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'I had the chance to warm up with Roger Federer and...', says ATP ace

2021 marked the return of Roger Federer to the circuit. Contrary to what happened in 2017, the Swiss champion was unable to perform the umpteenth miracle in his career. Suffice it to say that the King played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses.

The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber. A few weeks after his elimination in the quarter-finals in London, the former world number 1 announced that he had suffered a relapse in his right knee and had to undergo surgery for the third time in the last 18 months.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who had to say goodbye to the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, will not return before the summer of 2022. His presence at the Championships is in strong doubt, as Roger himself admitted a short time ago.

Interviewed by Antoine Benneteau for Eurosport, Arthur Rinderknech shared a very funny anecdote about Federer.

Rinderknech talks about Roger Federer

From 178th place in the world to 58th ATP rank in one season, Arthur Rinderknech was invited by Antoine Benneteau for Eurosport.

In this exciting podcast, the Frenchman shared an anecdote about Roger Federer: “Roger is very polite. I had the chance to warm up this year in Halle. I slept badly the night before like I had a big game. I'm coming in, and I was so tense during the warm-up.

It lasted 30 minutes but I came out with a sore arm because my arm was so outstretched. I didn't want to hit too hard, nor too slowly. He was at the net I didn't want to hit too hard, I didn't want to hurt him. He is very relaxed, he strikes all the blows.

I came out of that warm-up, I was done for the day." World No. 14 Denis Shapovalov recently engaged in a Twitter Q&A session with his fans. During the session, he revealed he was inspired by Roger Federer. The Canadian also shared some positive news about his health, saying that he was recovering well after testing positive for COVID-19.

One of the fans asked Shapovalov who he has been inspired by. Federer has been an inspiration for many players across generations. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Shapovalov cited the Swiss as one of his idols.