'It was an honor to be able to face Roger Federer', says former Top 10

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'It was an honor to be able to face Roger Federer', says former Top 10

Former US Open champion Andy Roddick would love to see Roger Federer's sports agency TEAM8 buy the rights to the Cincinnati Masters. In recent times there has been speculation about the interest of Team 8 in buying the rights to the Cincinnati ATP.

Federer, one of the most decorated players in tennis history, is a fan favorite wherever he goes and is a seven-time champion in Cincinnati. Roddick believes Federer would do a great job in Cincinnati and hopes this tournament "falls into the hands" of someone connected to the game.

"In the world of tennis, where conflict of interest knows no bounds at all, Roger can do it," Roddick said, according to Tennishead. "Obviously he's been a great steward of the game, he's created an incredible relationship with the fans of the city of Cincinnati.

"You would like it to stay in the tennis family, with someone who really knows and loves our sport. So we'll see, from what I've heard, there are a number of takers, but it's nice to see responsible names in the mix."

Federer has had three knee surgeries since 2020 and hasn't played much in recent years. Federer, who underwent a third knee operation last August, recently confirmed that he plans to return to action later this year. So far, Federer has entered two events.

At the end of September, Federer will represent Team Europe at the Laver Cup. Also, Federer signed up to play in Basel at the end of October. Basel is Federer's first confirmed ATP event, but there is a chance the Swiss may decide to return even sooner.

Tsonga on facing Roger Federer

Former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had announced earlier this year that he would retire from tennis after the 2022 French Open. "Every match is special. When you play Roger Federer in Wimbledon, it's crazy.

When you play Djokovic in Australia in the final, it is special. And of course you play Nadal anywhere, it is special. But, you know, I always try to take every single match as it should be." He added that he felt like he deserved some of that respect now that he is a lower-ranked player.

"I always try to respect any opponent, because me before to be top-10 and to be a good player, I was 300 in the world, 200, and I think I deserved at this time some respect and for me the best way to respect people is to give everything against them, no matter the name, no matter the place and, yeah, for me it was something important."