German footballer Toni Kroos spoke about Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, who he believes is the greatest athlete of all-time while speaking on Eurosport Germany’s new tennis podcast. Kroos, who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the German national team, says it would be hard for anyone to surpass Federer.
"I am absolutely convinced of this - even if I can only speak for the time I have experienced. I can't judge the rest, but even then, it could be hard to surpass Roger. “For me, it's a mix of success and the fact that his tennis is nice to look at.
I've met him a few times and can confirm that he is a totally pleasant guy. “He comes across as a family man, is interested in football - even if he didn't hit the jackpot with FC Basel, but he has to go through it.
So, it's not hard for me to be a fan of Roger Federer." Kroos also shared his thoughts on other tennis stars during the podcast. On the former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, Kroos says, “I once leaned quite far out of the window and said: In five years Dimitrov will be the clear number one.
“How he moves, how he plays, I already liked it very much. But it hasn't come to that. Maybe I saw more than there was." Speaking about the younger generation of players, Kroos says, "Today I like to watch Stefanos Tsitsipas.
If he gets more consistency in his playing, that could be one. I have yet to be convinced by Zverev. “Of course, as a German I hope for him. The last person I really liked to watch from a German point of view as a tennis fan was Tommy Haas.
Boris was unfortunately too early for me. “If you look at the Grand Slams with Sascha, there's still a bit missing. I can see Tsitsipas just a bit further. And if I had to choose, Tsitsipas plays the nicer tennis for me."