Euro 2020 has finally started and soccer fans seem quite excited about it. The tournament is the largest event in Europe and 24 teams are playing in six groups this time. Interestingly enough, tennis legend Roger Federer is also very excited about the tournament.
Euro 2020 did not take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, putting it off turned out to be a great decision, as even fans can witness the tournament this year. The Swiss soccer team is also part of the tournament and as a result Roger Federer extended his support to the team.
In one video, he can be seen sending his best wishes aside and seems pretty sure that the team is capable of beating anyone. However, it will not be easy for the team as they have Italy, Wales and Turkey in their group. The team could not have had a better start to Euro 2020, drawing 1-1 against Wales in the opener.
If they continue to play attacking football like they did against Wales, they can easily secure second place in their group. The fans know very well that Rafael Nadal is a great soccer fan and if he hadn't become a tennis player, he would have bet professionally on soccer.
However, little do they know that this is the same case with Federer as well. On many occasions, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has said that he wanted to be a footballer when he was young. He is still a soccer fan and many would have found him on a soccer field if he had not been a tennis player.
The Swiss teacher is a staunch FC Basel fan and often visits his stadium. When it comes to his favorite player, he is a fan of six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi. He has even admitted that he and his wife, Mirka Federer, only watch the sport because of the legendary Argentine footballer.
Roger Federer praises Novak Djokovic
World No.8 Roger Federer recently registered his first win on grass this season. The Swiss Maestro defeated Ilya Ivashka in straight sets in the first round of the Halle Open 2021. Federer looked quite confident with his shots and survived two really close sets in the match.
The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 7-5. In the post-match interview, Roger Federer applauded Novak Djokovic for his incredible performance at the French Open 2021. He mentioned that Nole made a terrific comeback against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals and even played amazingly well against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.
“The way Djokovic came back against Tsitsipas was amazing. Even in the SF vs Nadal, there were unbelievable rallies,” said Federer in the interview. In the same interview, Federer highlighted that right now, it is difficult to pick the player who’ll end his career with the most Grand Slam titles.
He believes that as long as the ‘Big Three’ are playing, anything is possible. “As long as we play, anything is possible,” added the 20-time Grand Slam winner.