'Roger Federer was the most elegant player ever', says ATP player



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'Roger Federer was the most elegant player ever', says ATP player

Wednesday's action from the Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men's Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club will feature six Americans competing in singles and four American doubles duos vying for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The game begins at 12 noon on Wednesday and the night session begins at 6 pm The games from the stadium field will be available to watch on ESPN3. American Reilly Opelka, the No.3, headlines Wednesday night's session as he takes on Dallas resident Mitchell Krueger.

Not before 6 pm Opelka, who won his third career title in Dallas and reached the final in Delray Beach in February, has won nine of his last 12 games in the United States. He is also riding a four-fight win streak at Texas.

Doubles start at 1 p.m. Major doubles champion Jack Sock faces Andre Goransson and Nathaniel Lammons in the third match on Court 3. Lucky Loser Michael Mmoh, who replaced No. 1 seed Casper Ruud after he withdrew due to a wisdom tooth problem, begins Wednesday's singles game by facing Querrey no earlier than 2 p.m.

Querrey, a two-time runner-up, looking for his sixth quarterfinal appearance in his last seven trips to River Oaks. Roger Federer had to undergo a third surgery on his right knee last year to maintain any hope of a comeback.

It has been a torrid time for Federer, who has been in the process of rehabilitation lately. Last season too, was an on and off one for him. He had missed the early part of the 2021 season, including the Australian Open. Subsequently, he played in five tournaments before being sidelined again.

It has been a torrid time for Federer

Arthur Fery, currently ranked No. 2 in the first division of the US college tennis rankings, reckons it is Novak Djokovic who will end up with the most Grand Slams to his name. "In terms of Grand Slam titles, it is going to be a good battle between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

I think Novak will overtake Rafa because he has more years in front of him and hopefully, COVID doesn't stop him," Fery said. "If COVID doesn't become a problem in the future, Novak could easily get to 25." In the GOAT debate, however, Arthur Fery said he was leaning towards Roger Federer.

Hailing the Swiss maestro as the "most elegant and effortless" player the sport has ever seen, Fery asserted that he will always be the "GOAT of elegance." "Everyone will keep Roger Federer's name in their hearts forever [in the GOAT debate].

He was the most elegant player and the most effortless player to play the game," Fery said. "I think, unfortunately, he won't get past the 20 Grand Slams he has now but he will stay the GOAT of elegance."