'When you play against someone as big as Roger Federer', says Norwegian star

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'When you play against someone as big as Roger Federer', says Norwegian star

Roger Federer's enormous popularity is not limited to specific parts of the world, but extends across the globe. According to the Forbes annual report, the Swiss phenomenon is the athlete who has made the most gains in the past twelve months.

In this regard, the statements of Casper Ruud, who explained how his popularity in Norway has increased after having faced the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the third round of the Roland Garros 2019, should not be too surprising.

The World number 36 played a good match , giving up with a score of 6-3 6-1 7-6 after frightening the former World number 1 in the third set. Interviewed by tennisnet in recent days, the young Norwegian tennis player described the positive influence that such a challenge had on him in the following months.

Ruud on Roger Federer

"After my match against Roger Federer at the French Open 2019, people started to recognize me more," Casper Ruud said. "Everyone in Norway knows who Roger Federer is. When a young Norwegian plays against someone as big as Federer - not just the greatest tennis player, but the greatest athlete - you get attention," added the Norwegian.

"But it's not like people start screaming and wanting photos of me. They come up to me and congratulate me on my achievements. And I wish you the best of luck. It's not crazy, just nice," Ruud finished. Roger Federer has spent the most amount of time in the Open Era at the top of the ATP Rankings (310 weeks).

He also holds the record for the most titles (6) at the year-end tournament, where only the year-end eight highest-ranked players participate. Federer was ranked among the top eight players in the world continuously for 14 years and two weeks—from 14 October 2002 until 31 October 2016, when injuries forced him to skip much of the 2016 season.

The Swiss Maestro has won the ATP Player of the Year five times (2004–07, 2009), and has become ITF World Champion five times (2004–07, 2009). He has won the ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favourite Award a record 16 times consecutively (2003–18), and has won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted for by the players) a record 13 times (2004–09, 2011–17), both being awards indicative of respect and popularity.

He also won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award twice (2006, 2013), the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year five times (2005–08, 2018), and the Laureus World Comeback of the Year once, following his 2017 renaissance.