Retired Swiss ATP pro Marco Chiudinelli recalled some of his memories with Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer on a recent Instagram live session. The former World No. 52 said Federer and he not only played a lot of tennis during their teenaged years but also football.
"With Roger, we not only played tennis together, we also played a lot of football in our free time. We also went to different clubs, and I also remember a few squash duels just like in another register in computer games.
"At that time, there was no Play Station. We really spent a lot of time together on and off the courts. The most intense period, I think, is between 10 and 14 years." Chiudinelli says that the two continue to remain close even today.
"It is true that we are still very close." Chiudinelli competed for the Switzerland Davis Cup team from 2005–2007 and in 2009 and 2012. His best performances at a Grand Slam tournament were at the 2006 and the 2009 US Open, where he reached the third round as a qualifier both times.
In 2009, he reached the semifinals in Basel, his hometown tournament by beating eighth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, and his countryman, qualifier Michael Lammer. He also defeated Richard Gasquet before losing to compatriot and world No.
1 Federer in the semifinals. He was awarded the ATP Comeback Player of the Year in the 2009 ATP World Tour Awards. At the 2014 Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Chiudinelli played doubles with Federer where they reached the final. He retired from the sport in 2017.