'It will be very difficult for Roger Federer to...', says ATP star

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'It will be very difficult for Roger Federer to...', says ATP star

Former Slovenian tennis player Blaz Kavcic recalled a funny moment from a training session with Roger Federer, as the latter immediately recognized Kavcic's coach, Blaz Trupej. "There was a funny anecdote between Federer and Trupej as they both met in 1999 and Federer wanted the match to be called off due to darkness.

However, Trupej was not interested because he had to "teach tennis in the morning." In the 2013 season, Federer and Kavcic met in Dubai. When Federer saw Trupej, Kavcic's coach, he absolutely lost his mind. "When Roger came on court, he lost it, he saw my coach Trupej: 'I remember you haha!'" They met at the 1999 Domzale ATP, Federer then wanted to resume the next day due to darkness, but Trupej said he couldn't: 'I teach tennis in the morning...'

Hilarious," Kavcic said, according to Marko Hrastar. Coming from a country like Slovenia - which is not really known as a tennis country - made it extremely difficult for Kavcic to break through. "Imagine F1 without car mechanics!

All the top players have a physio, they do laps, go to the pits, the team fixes them, check the oil, change the tyres. I... I was going flat out, going back to the garage , the next morning I was racing again with the same car as always," said Kavcic.

"I beat Felix in 2016, we went to the gym afterwards. I'm alone, he has 3 guys around, the physio stretching, the trainer telling him, what went wrong, the other guy on the phone: 'We need this, we need that, bye', hang up.

It's so easy with the support of the federation."

Rublev talks about King Roger

Following his victory over Novak Djokovic at the 2022 Serbia Open in Belgrade on Sunday, Andrey Rublev said that the Serb and Rafael Nadal are the two best players in the game's history.

"It is very interesting! Those two are the best in history, and now they are fighting for one of them to somehow prevail and be alone on that throne," Rublev said. "In my opinion, they are both the best ever. It is important to see that they continue to enjoy tennis, and we will soon see what lies ahead."

Rublev also offered his take on 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, who has been out of action since Wimbledon last year after undergoing knee surgery. "Of course he will try to play a few more tournaments, but to be honest, I think it is very difficult to return after such a long period of absence from the field," Rublev opined.