'Roger Federer is quite the same on and off the court', says ATP ace

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'Roger Federer is quite the same on and off the court', says ATP ace
'Roger Federer is quite the same on and off the court', says ATP ace

A neon yellow Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance designed by Roger Federer is about to go up for auction, with all proceeds going to a charity tennis project in London. Federer, who has been a long-time Mercedes ambassador, helped design a special AMG GT 4-door, which was created to honor Federer's amazing career and his retirement.

On November 26, AMG's most powerful car to date will be auctioned off by RM Sotheby's auction house. The house expects the supercar to sell for between $200,000 and $250,000. "Representing AMG's new era of electrified performance, the winner of this lot will secure a sensational driving experience, as well as purchase a piece of tennis history," the auction house said in a statement.

The neon yellow Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 and a 150-kW electric motor that produces a total of 831 horsepower and 1,082 pound-feet. of pair. Plus, that power is delivered to each wheel through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

After Federer announced his plans to retire from tennis after the Laver Cup, Mercedes released a statement. "Roger has shaped and inspired entire generations with his game and his sportsmanship," says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Marketing and Sales.

"We will certainly remember a phrase from him during his visit to our headquarters in Stuttgart last year: 'The short term is my motivation, but the long term is my inspiration' All of us wish Roger the best for the future and look forward to collaborating even more closely within our Neon Legacy initiative." In 10 days, someone will become the new owner of the Mercedes created especially to honor Federer's career and legacy.

Nishikori praises King Roger

The reception Roger Federer received from the crowd at a recent fan event in Tokyo left Kei Nishikori. "I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere and also my admiration for him. After that I've started considering him an opponent to beat though he is my idol," Nishikori said.

"His matches are fun, cool, filled with amazing shots, just perfect. That's something all of us admire," he added. "Roger is quite the same on & off the court, very cool on the court, funny & cool off the court too, I don't have any his (embarrassing/funny) episode...

Had training block w/him when I was 16 or 17, that was really great experience for me, I'm grateful for that," the Japanese said.

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