Who are some of the players on tour that Roger Federer likes practicing with most? And what are the things that he looks for in a practice partner? The Swiss answered this question in a press conference in Cincinnati. "A good guy, a guy who can play tennis," said Federer.
"I don't know. I like to play with Robin Haase or Chardy or, I don't know, Schwartzman, Goffin. I don't know. Fucsovics I have practiced a ton as well. Just guys that I get along well also off the court that maybe also can play up in the court, play aggressive or steady, good to have a chat with before, during, and after the game.
I mean, I'm not very picky, to be quite honest. I'm fairly relaxed." On Christopher Eubanks, with whom he trained with some days ago, Federer added: "He's a good guy. He's funny. Like I said before, you want to practice with the good guys.
Yeah, I mean, look, I practiced with him -- I wonder if it was last year or two years ago at the Open, at the McEnroe Academy. You know, it was his height and power and everything and variation with the one-handed backhand and a good slice and all that stuff.
I mean, it's nice to practice with somebody like that. And then you want a guy who tries hard. And he does. He's, you know, always going to joke around a little bit. You're going to have a good laugh with the guy. You know he's going to show up.
Yeah, so this is the kind of guy you want to have around, and I hope for him that he's going to be able to take it to the next level and not just be a practice partner like you say now, because he's much more than that. And I hope he can break 100 and improve. On that, I would be very happy for him."