'Roger Federer was playing like...', says ATP player

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'Roger Federer was playing like...', says ATP player

Monte Carlo is one of the few notable tournaments that Roger Federer does not have in his collection. The Swiss lost three straight finals in the Principality to Rafael Nadal between 2006 and 2008, earning another shot at the trophy in 2014.

Six years after the previous one, Roger advanced to his fourth and final Monte-Carlo title match after a solid 7-5 6-2 win over defending champion Novak Djokovic in one hour and 15 minutes. Roger barely survived Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's test in the quarter-finals, having squandered the first 15 break point opportunities.

Federer prevailed in three sets to fix the 34th match against Djokovic. Serving at 70%, Roger lost 14 points in ten service games. He fended off both break chances and kept up the pressure on the other side of the court to secure an 18th win over the Serb.

Djokovic was unable to match those numbers despite a valiant effort in the first set. He was broken three times and failed to defend the title he won a year ago after beating eight-time winner Rafael Nadal. Nothing could separate them in rallies of five shots or more, and Federer dominated the shorter exchanges up to four shots to claim victory.

Federer will play the Laver Cup

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has revealed that he cried when his idol Roger Federer lost to Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2009 Australian Open. The Spaniard also declared that he feels the Swiss legend's personality was similar to his at the beginning of his career.

"Federer [is my idol]," Davidovich Fokina said. "I cried when he lost in Australia (to Nadal in 2009), I cried with him (laughs). I want to talk with him one day because, his personality was like, I think more or less like mine [when he was younger].

He was breaking everything, he was mad every time. And one day, he changed his mind and he was playing like the best ones." The 22-year-old Spaniard also asserted that his goals are to become World No. 1 and win Major titles.

"My goal is to be No. 1 in tennis," Davidovich Fokina added. "I think if you are No. 1, you have to win one Grand Slam minimum. But my goal is to be the best player in the world when I'm playing, to win a lot of tournaments, and you know, to enjoy playing tennis. The life is short, you have to enjot every moment."