In an interview to GQ Magazine, the 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer praised Juan Martin del Potro's character and professionalism. This was after the Argentinian had just reached the US Open final losing to the Serb Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
'When I see Delpo he’s always very caring,' said Federer. 'And when he asks, "How are you doing?" it’s not just to be nice. He really does care very dearly about your answer. It’s not just like, "Okay, see you later, I’ve got to go." But I hope that Juan Martín doesn’t try to please everybody.
I can’t please everybody. If you’re trying to please everybody, that’s greasy. I think Juan Martín is very aware that he has an important role to play for the fans, especially for South America, and he takes it seriously.' Federer also spoke about his rivalry with del Potro.
They faced off 25 times with the Swiss leading head to head meetings 18-7. 'We’ve played some extremely tight matches,' Federer admitted. 'The [2012 London] Olympic match was epic for both of us.
It was emotional, highly emotional, and of course 2009 [US Open finals] was highly emotional. He always tries to impose his game on me, and I try to avoid it by mixing it up all the time. I’m like the slippery fish that he’s trying to grab on to, and I’m always trying to wriggle out of his lock.' ALSO READ: Mouratoglou: 'I coached, but also Toni Nadal, Bajin coached on every point'