American tennis player Noah Rubin believed he pissed off a bit record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer when they met at the Australian Open. Rubin, ranked at No. 225 in the world, got a chance to clash against world No.
4 Federer at Melbourne Park in 2017. After breaking the Swiss early on in the third set, the American pumped his fist and screamed "Come on!" The reaction didn't sit well with Federer, who stared through Rubin during the changeover.
"I was like, 'I pissed off Roger Federer,'" Rubin told ESPN. "How amazing is that?" The 24-year-old American, who was the huge underdog against Federer, put up a decent fight and made the Swiss earn his victory.
Rubin, a former world No. 125 in the world, drew Federer into two tight sets but still the Swiss claimed a 7-5 6-3 7-6 (3) win in their second round meeting. That year, the Swiss ended up winning the Australian Open and claiming his first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2012.
More than a year after his clash with Federer on Rod Laver Arena, Rubin reached his lowest point and started questioning his abilities after an early loss suffered at a Challenger event in Spain. "I just didn't feel I was worth anyone's time," Rubin admitted.
"I could just sort of feel my soul slipping away. I just sat there thinking, 'What am I doing that I'm so upset and so miserable on the tennis court?' It was my lowest point. It was also a beginning."