Swiss tennis player Marc-Andrea Huesler underlined that filling in Roger Federer's footsteps is a very hard thing to do and praised the former 20-time Grand Slam champion for elevating the game to a completely new level.
Federer, 41, retired from professional at this past Laver Cup. Just a week after Federer's retirement, 26-year-old Huesler captured his first ATP title after upsetting Holger Rune in the Sofia Open final. With Federer retired and Stan Wawrinka seemingly past his prime and slowly approaching his own retirement, Swiss tennis has a new No.
1 - Huesler. Huesler, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 64 in the world, is the lone Swiss male player in the top-100. "It’s hard to fill his footsteps for sure. He’s done so much for the sport. Watching him play on TV, in Davis Cup, no matter where, I honestly didn’t know half the time where he was playing, but he was basically just winning and made it look so easy.
He just made the sport so interesting for so many people around the world who were just glued to the TV whenever he was playing. That’s still the case now," Huesler told the ATP Tour website.
Huesler recalls Federer playing in Basel
Huesler was just two years old when Federer made his Basel debut.
Federer was an absolute fan favorite in Basel and a true icon at his home favorite. In Basel, Federer made 15 finals and won a record 10 titles. "I remember in Basel when he was playing, the stadium, it was a different kind of energy there.
It’s pretty insane to see that live. It’s sad that he has to stop, but he has his reasons and he has given us a lot of great moments. Obviously it’s not going to be easy [following his footsteps]. There are going to be Swiss people who [have been] spoiled by his results," Huesler recalled.