Andrei Pavel (48 years old) can brag about being the first Romanian to defeat Roger Federer in a direct match. It happened in Hamburg in the year 2000. The Romanian overcame the Swiss 6-4, 6-3 in the round of 16 of the tournament in Germany.
Roger Federer was 18 years old at the time and ranked 40th in the ATP rankings. Following his triumph in Hamburg, Andrei Pavel met Roger Federer seven more times in tennis tournaments, with the Swiss winning each time. "I felt the strength he was showing.
I think I won also because he was not very well mentally. I remember he led me 3-0 and then I won many games in a row. I exploited his psyche. Federer then beat me in Bucharest 4 times in 3 months. Roger is Roger. He is a mega-complete, mega-talented player and you can't compare him with too many people.
When I beat him, I didn't think he would become the best tennis player in history," said Andrei Pavel, according to Cuget Liber.
Mirka's role in Roger Federer's mentality
Wife Mirka has always played a fundamental role in Roger Federer's career.
During a recent interview with Sportworld, Roger recalled how important his wife was in his journey. "I think that every wife is important for a Mario and obviously my case is no different. She has been mentioned a lot in my career and she has done a really great job.
She has been coming to every training session and every match of mine for years, she still did this now but obviously with children the situation is different. Now let's say it's normal for her to lose some training.
She has been very important in my life, not just in tennis but in general. She has always lived thinking about my interests and the best for me and she has never been detached."