Fernando Gonzalez mocks Roger Federer: "He was a terrible tennis player"

Guest of TNT Sports' Sabor a Gol program, Fernando Gonzalez, former world number 5 who retired in 2012, made a very surprising statement about the Swiss Legend

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Fernando Gonzalez mocks Roger Federer: "He was a terrible tennis player"
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What Roger Federer was like as a young tennis player? Guest of TNT Sports' Sabor a Gol program, Fernando Gonzalez, former world number 5 who retired in 2012, made a very surprising answer about this statement. The former tennis player explained: "Federer was a terrible tennis player.

I've known Roger since he was 12 or 13, and at that age he was a terrible player. I remember in a U-14 tournament, when I was the best in the world in that category, Federer was certainly not one of the best."

The former 2007 Australian Open finalist then added: "Also, he was a year younger, which is very noticeable at that age.

He approached me and asked me some questions. I gave him some advice. I got on very well with him and we went everywhere together." The Chilean, now coach, ended his career with 12 defeats in 13 matches against the Swiss on the tour.

Kyrgios' words of admiration for Federer

In recent days Nick Kyrgios also talked about the 20-time Slam champion, making a comparison with the other two legends who are part of the big three, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

The Australian told along the Mike Tyson's Podcast: "Djokovic is the greatest of all time, he has 24 Slams and I think he will win at least a couple more. It's crazy and I find it absurd that he doesn't get the credit he deserves.

I fought with Nadal, sometimes he won and sometimes I won and then there was Federer. No matter where, the audience was always rooting for him. I think Nole is the GOAT but for me Roger Federer was the most difficult one to face He was always very aggressive on the pitch and his game didn't leave you any space and you didn't even have time to breathe." When asked what his most memorable victory was, the Australian had no doubts: "It's undoubtedly the first against Federer, it's the most memorable one. I didn't even manage to enjoy it and celebrate because I had to play the next day."

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