Nicolas Mahut tells stunning story about his 2012 RG match against Roger Federer

Mahut was beaten by Federer in the 2012 French Open third round.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nicolas Mahut tells stunning story about his 2012 RG match against Roger Federer

Nicolas Mahut revealed he was "very nervous" to play Roger Federer at the 2012 French Open and then he became even more nervous when someone from the FFT told him that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to talk to him.

In 2012, Mahut was scheduled to meet the great Federer in the French Open third round. On the day of the match, Mahut was told that Sarkozy - who at the time was the French President - wanted to talk to him. Mahut initially thought someone was messing with him but then got really nervous after realizing it wasn't a joke.

In the end, it turned out that former French President Sarkozy just wanted to wish Mahut the best of luck before his Federer match. Mahut, who previously suffered three straight-set defeats to Federer, competed well against Federer in their French Open match but the Swiss escaped with a 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5 win.

Mahut's revelation to Simon Cambers for The Roger Federer Effect book

'That day I was really nervous to play Roger, he said. 'And then someone from the organisation came to me and said that the former president [Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost the election in 2012, tried to reach you.

At first I thought it was a joke. They said: 'No, serious.' So I went to one of the offices, talked to the president and I was really nervous to talk to him. Really nervous. And then I forgot about the match for a while. And I said, well, I feel relaxed now playing against Roger.

And actually it was the best match I played against him," Mahut told Simon Cambers for The Roger Federer Effect, per Tennis Majors. Mahut played against Federer four times and finished with as many losses against the Swiss.

In his matches against Federer, Mahut was left impressed by the Swiss' movement and elegance. "He looks very easy. I was talking to someone about this; he said: 'You want to try to do like what Roger is doing,' and every time I was saying the same thing, 'It's a mistake to try to do what Roger is doing,'" Mahut recalled.

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