In an interview to Aargauer Zeitung, the former world No. 2 Tommy Haas recalled his last career win over Roger Federer in the 2017 Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. The German said: "It's a nice coincidence. I would have been his first opponent when he played his first ATP tournament in 1998 in Gstaad.
But I was ill the day before the match and I vomited the entire night. It was a shame I could not compete. That I was able to celebrate my last win against him almost 20 years after is unbelievable. Everything went well that day.
One day before my daughter, who I was not seeing for a long time, came. No one will remove that memory from me." How did it happen that Haas and Federer become friends? "We knew each other better because Roger's agent, Tony Godsick, was my agent too.
Then our wives were friends and we are both fathers. Our kids get along well with each other, we do something time by time. There were more and more reasons to meet each other, we got close. Roger is always in a good mood. You never meet him when he is in a bad mood.
He is also very balanced. He is amazing. You can only take your hat off. Roger is a global star, one of the biggest athletes over the planet. It's not always very easy for him. The day where he could just relax for dinner in the city is finished. However, he stayed normal. A Swiss guy who behaves in a great way."