Pat Rafter is impressed by Roger Federer's humanity and class. The two-time former US Open champion recalled when Federer was in the beginning of his career, facing players who have now been inactive for years. 'I think there were times early on when he showed me too much respect,' Rafter said, as quoted by Herald Sun.
'He was there in matches but kind of went away because he was too respectful. He was almost a bit soft. You could sense that change once he started to believe in himself. The last time when played (at 2001 Halle) a week before Wimbledon, you could tell things were changing.' Rafter also added that Federer was not two-faced. 'No, what you see in public is how he is. There are people in this universe who are just born a certain way and they behave a certain way.
Good and bad. Roger’s a great bloke. I just wish I had something on him.' ALSO READ: Gaston Gaudio and that prediction about Roger Federer: 'This guy is so bad'