I tried to copy Roger Federer many times, says Clarke


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I tried to copy Roger Federer many times, says Clarke

Jay Clarke looks forward to facing Roger Federer in Wimbledon second round. The British player was only focused on getting past Noah Rubin and not on how it would have been like to meet the Basel native. “I wasn't thinking about it at all, to be honest.

I know how tough Noah is to play. I've seen him play a lot of the same ATP Challengers as me. Like I said, to beat him would have been a good win. I'd have been happy with that. He was a bit of extra motivation to get through", said Clarke.

Clarke also spoke about Federer's legacy: “Obviously I’ve watched a lot of him growing up, so it’s not like there’s going to be any surprises on what he does. He won juniors the year I was born.

I always looked up to him. Tried to copy a lot of the stuff he does. It's going to be a fun match. Like I said, no real surprises. Like, I know what to expect. I’ve seen him play a lot. I just need to get ready for it. Obviously, on Centre Court, you could be embarrassed.

He could obviously kill any player like he did today from a set down. That’s never nice. I’ll go out there and I’ll just play my game. That’s the best test to actually see where I’m at. If I start doing stuff I don’t normally do, then I wouldn’t really learn anything.

I’ll always try to do what I do, maybe a bit higher tempo or a bit bigger serving in certain moments. I’ll stick to the way I play and then just see how it goes”.