'Roger Federer plays with a bit more...', says ATP ace



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'Roger Federer plays with a bit more...', says ATP ace

The Big 3 have left the crumbs to their opponents for the past decade and a half. In addition to rewriting the record book, the three monsters have demonstrated a longevity that has very few equals in the history of the sport.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still competing for the most prestigious trophies, while Roger Federer has experienced a real ordeal over the past two seasons. The Swiss phenomenon has undergone three knee operations, which prevented him from playing as and as much as he would have liked.

The former ATP number 1, who hasn't set foot on the pitch for exactly one year, will return at the end of September for the Laver Cup. all-time ranking. The situation of Djokovic is more complex, who paid a very high price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.

The Serbian is determined to win Wimbledon to shorten the gap that separates him from Rafa. At a press conference in London, Thanasi Kokkinakis - clearly defeated by Djokovic in the second round - analyzed the characteristics of the Big 3.

Kokkinakis opens up on the Big 3

“I played against Rafa when I was 17, so that was a long time ago. They are different players, but they do things extremely well. I played against all of them. The match against Roger Federer is my favorite because I won it (on the Miami Masters 1000 in 2018, editor's note).

Djokovic is like a wall. Federer plays with a bit more flair. When I played against Rafa, I quickly felt that I was not on the same physical level. Few people are. Everyone brings something different. What strikes Novak on the grass is his mobility, he seems to slide on the court" - Thanasi Kokkinakis stated.

Federer is primed to make his return to the Tour later this year with the Laver Cup in September. His last appearance came in the quarter-finals in 2021, losing to Pole Hubert Hurkacz. “He’s the epitome of what you would want your kids to be when they grew up.

And he’s the most beautiful player I’ve ever watched play. I idolized Laver. He’s kind of an updated Laver to me”. Federer won his last Wimbledon in 2017, his eighth at the All-England Club beating Marin Cilic in the final.

Since then, he reached the final in 2019 after beating Rafael Nadal in the semis. However, he came up short against Novak Djokovic in the summit clash.