Sam Groth reveals when Roger Federer 'was the loudest bloke in locker room'


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Sam Groth reveals when Roger Federer 'was the loudest bloke in locker room'

Roger Federer is always very nice and kind to everyone. Sam Groth experienced this during these weeks during the Australian Open which was the last tournament of his career. 'He’s very relaxed and jokes around, he’ll sit there and watch matches and make jokes with his team,' Groth said.

'He’s in his element and he feels comfortable. The other night when Dominic Thiem hit that backhand down the line to save match point in the fourth set, Roger was the loudest bloke in the locker room.' Groth first faced Federer at the 2014 US Open, losing in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-4).

It was still an emotional experience for Groth: 'I remember walking out to play him for the first time at Flushing Meadows, which is the biggest crowd we have in tennis (on Arthur Ashe Stadium) and when they announced my name it was loud because 20,000 people make a lot of noise.

But when they announced Roger, it was next level. You kind of realise what you’re up against and you go "Wow".' ALSO READ: Hyeon Chung: 'I was honoured to face Roger Federer, I am learning a lot' .