'If you tell him something, Roger Federer will...', says top coach

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'If you tell him something, Roger Federer will...', says top coach

Roger Federer shared a video showing his 2001 debut on Wimbledon Center Court. At that time, Federer came to prominence after defeating Pete Sampras, who was coming off an intimidating winning streak to the fourth round at Wimbledon.

At just 19 years old, Roger Federer made the "impossible" possible Federer finished the match convincingly after five long sets: 7-6(7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-5 While reliving match point, Federer commented on his Instagram Story: "Where memories are born"

Here is the match point video shared by Federer on his Instagram account: A little later in his career, Federer admitted the importance of that match against Pete Sampras. "I was a bit of an unknown before that match against Pete Sampras at Wimbledon last year.

I was quite well known in Europe because I had remarkable results before the Championships. Still, that win over Pete gave me an international leap, which was huge for my confidence. Unfortunately, I got injured right after that match or during it.

The injury was there even before Wimbledon, but I played on painkillers and had to be off for like a month before the US Open."

Federer will return in September

Legendary tennis coach Jose Higueras has lavished praise on his former pupil Roger Federer, saying the Swiss cannot be compared to any other player on tour.

"It's tough to compare Roger [Federer] with anybody. He is so unique in everything - how he goes about his game, off the court," Higueras said. "He likes to feel the ball on his racquet strings, he likes to experiment.

If you tell him something, he will digest it, he will think about it and [he is one of] those guys who are always so thirsty to learn." Higueras recounted one particular incident to highlight the Swiss' uniqueness.

"With Roger, there is always something funny happening. When he got defeated by Rafael Nadal in the [2008] French Open, he won only four games. After that, we had a get-together with a bunch of his friends from Switzerland, like forty people.

I was so depressed but [he had a celebration after that huge loss]," Higueras said. "My point is, he is just so unique." The 20-time Grand Slam champion took to Twitter to express his happiness about Murray joining Team Europe at the Laver Cup.

He said, “Europe Avengers assemble!” “I’m looking forward to playing the Laver Cup in London. I love playing as part of a team and there is a great atmosphere and intensity to the event. I’ve heard lots of good things and I’m excited to be teaming up with both Roger and Rafa for Team Europe,” Murray said, announcing his Laver Cup debut.