Former French Open winner: 'Apart from Roger Federer, everyone plays the same'


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Former French Open winner: 'Apart from Roger Federer, everyone plays the same'

The former world no. 4 and 1976 French Open winner Adriano Panatta believes that tennis is not a very interesting sport anymore. Panatta thinks there just a few exceptions today in the game. ´In truth I do not watch it a lot,´ Panatta told Libero Italian newspaper.

´Time-to-time I watch some matches that interest me, but they are very few. Apart from (Roger) Federer and a few Italian guys, everyone plays the same way. I like to follow all the sports, I find them all a true show.´ Comparing his character as a tennis player to now, Panatta added: ´At the same time I was less tolerant and less calm, as I got older I improved but I am still a joker.´ Federer would have faced Karen Khachanov in the Rolex Paris Masters final if he had beaten Novak Djokovic on Saturday.

Khachanov was asked how it feels to play his maiden Masters 1000 final: ´Of course, it´s a good feeling. But how can I feel? I was in semis this year. And of course last tournament of the year especially. I mean, I´m really happy to achieve this, to make it to the finals.

But the tournament is not over. I mean, I´m looking forward to play finals tomorrow. For sure would be nice match against any of the legends. And but in general of course I´m happy.´ Khachanov had little trouble serving out for the first set against Djokovic.

Once he got that, did he feel a lot more confident? ´Yeah, of course. When you win first set it gives you extra advantage, I think. And this moment -- actually he played some balls really well and maybe I made some mistakes but the match was very intense.

And when I broke him also on 4-all I played a good game so maybe lost a little bit of concentration at some points on my serve. But as I said, when you take the first set it gives you extra advantage. And the first games I was really pumped in the second set after taking -- after closing the first set.´ ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title