Top-ranked Portuguese tennis player Joao Sousa reveals if he could choose where and against whom to play the last match of his career the opponent would be Swiss Roger Federer and the match would take place on the Centre Court of Wimbledon.
Sousa, who turned professional in 2008, is 31 years old and he still has a few years left on the Tour. On the other side, former world No. 1 Federer will be turning 39 years this coming August and for how long he will play remains a doubt.
Sousa, ranked at No. 66 in the world, met Federer for the first on the grass courts of Halle in 2014, when he was beaten in beaten in three sets after taking the opener. Federer, now ranked at No. 4 in the world, is a record eight-time Wimbledon champion.
"Good question… Probably if I was playing well I would like to play with Federer on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. I played with him on grass in Halle and I played well. I think it would be the ideal place to play against Roger, on his best surface and on a surface where I also like to play, and I would definitely enjoy it," Sousa told Raquetc.
Sousa and Federer met last time at the Rome Masters a year ago, when the record 20-time Grand Slam champion claimed a straight-set win over the Portuguese. Joao Sousa says winning Kuala Lumpur was the turning point in his career In 2013, Sousa claimed his maiden ATP title after saving a match point to recover from a set down and beat France's Julien Benneteau in the final.
"Yes, it was a historic week for me and Portuguese tennis and it ended up being the beginning, say, of my career as a professional. Not the beginning, but on the ATP Tour it was probably the turning point for me to believe that I could be up there, at the top, and belong to the tennis elite.
It was a remarkable moment, when I was probably winning when I was not as aware as I am now of what I had achieved, because no one was waiting... But today I value it. Sometimes I revisit some moments and the truth is that it was beautiful and it was a very special week, with Frederico, people supporting me in the stands, every day there were many Portuguese there," Sousa recalled.
Joao Sousa didn't make a good start to 2020 as he picked up five consecutive losses before he won his first match of the season in March.