American tennis player Steve Johnson has dropped a major praise on the great Roger Federer. Federer, 36, is a record 20-time Grand Slam champion and currently ranked at No. 2 in the world. The 36-year-old also holds the record for the most weeks spent on the No.
1 spot on the ATP rankings list. The Swiss enjoys a huge fanbase as he is one of the most popular athletes in the world. Federer is widely considered to be the greatest tennis player of all time. 28-year-old Johnson grew up idolizing former American tennis stars Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
"It's a different time. The sport has become more global. Those champions (Sampras and Agassi) were my idols… they helped me get into tennis. But now, when Roger (Federer) steps on a court, he's the (crowd) favorite.
The crowd loves him. He's earned that. He is our face of tennis and the ambassador for the sport," Johnson told’s a different time,” Johnson said. “The sport has become more global. Those champions (Sampras and Agassi) were my idols… they helped me get into tennis.
But now, when Roger (Federer) steps on a court, he’s the (crowd) favorite. The crowd loves him. He’s earned that. He is our face of tennis and the ambassador for the sport">Tennis with an Accent. World No. 48 Johnson also gave recognition to 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and recent Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.
Each of the three mentioned superstars has done a lot on and off the court to help promote and grow the game. Johnson, who turned professional in 2012, is enjoying playing tennis in the same era as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
"We couldn't be luckier to have those guys leading our charge as tennis players, because what they do for tennis and outside of the tennis world is really incredible," Johnson added. Also read: Filip Krajinovic set to finish season with zero clay tournaments played .