'Roger Federer never played half a machine', says top coach

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'Roger Federer never played half a machine', says top coach

South American Franco Davin, 50, was at most 30 in the world in 1990. He has been the most successful career as a coach: in the last fifteen years he has followed - among others - compatriots Gaston Gaudio and Juan Martin del Potro.

In a new interview, Davin talked about Roger Federer and his relationship with Rafael Nadal. Speaking to La Nacion in a recent interview, Davin was asked what more could be expected of Roger Federer who will be 39 in a few days.

Davin on Roger Federer

Franco Davin replied saying that Roger Federer will continue to perform to his best till the time he retires. “I think he’s going to jump to give the last thing he has left. He is a player who never played half a machine,” said Davin.

“He always gives everything in the sense that if he continues playing it is because he feels that he can continue winning,” Davin added. He also spoke about some of the top former Argentinian players like David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria, Juan Ignacio Chela, and Gaston Gaudio.

“I took advantage of this pandemic to see a lot of games and I saw many of the guys from David [Nalbandian], from Coria, from Chela, from Gastón [Gaudio] and you were amazed at what those players were. Today they could be playing as equals,” said Davin, a former top-30 player himself.

“I would compare games from my time, in the 90s, and look at those of 2005, and those could play perfectly today. Not us, it was another speed, another game,” Davin added. “For example, a player like Chela, who didn’t have Coria or Nalbandian’s abilities, he beat the best.

Juan left the game and was empty for giving everything. That is highly valued today, you don’t find so many players like that,” he further added. Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA have announced the autumn swing in China will not take place after the government ruled no international sporting events can take place for the remainder of the year due to the continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the ATP Tour, the Shanghai Masters, the China Open, the Chengdu Open and Zhuhai Championships will not be going ahead. While on the WTA Tour, the impact is more significant with seven events cancelled. "We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year," stated Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO.