Roger Federer: 'I hope there won't be a player like me or Rafael Nadal'

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Roger Federer: 'I hope there won't be a player like me or Rafael Nadal'

Is it possible to teach younger players to play like Roger Federer? The Swiss himself answered this question in a recent interview. 'I don't think you want another guy like me, you know, because you want another personality, another game', Federer admitted. 'Might be somewhat similar.

But I think the diverse characters and playing styles is what really drives this game.' He also extended his concept to other players: 'At the end of the day, I wouldn't want to see another guy like me, another guy like /Rafael) Nadal, another guy like somebody else.

We're all very different, and that's good that way. So fans or media have their players to root for. I think it's always a bad idea to base your game after someone. I had a little bit that situation with (Pete) Sampras.

Everybody compared me to him. If you look and analyze the game, the character, we're actually incredibly different. So I didn't want to be known as a second Sampras, like others don't want to be the second Federer.

They all need to create their own identity. I think that's also important also that the media always respects that and don't always look for that second someone. There's always a first of everything for everybody.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'