Yesterday, the Swiss soccer team advanced to the knockout stages of Euro 2020. After hearing the news, an ecstatic Roger Federer uploaded an Instagram post to congratulate and extend support for his national soccer team. The Swiss team had beaten Turkey 3-1 in their last Group A match, but finished third behind Italy and Wales.
However, the results of matches in other groups worked to their advantage as they progressed into the last 16 without kicking the ball. Before the start of the tournament, Federer had sent his best wishes to the football team via video message.
Seeing his incredible performance, the 20-time Grand Slam champion through an Instagram story supported the soccer team to go all the way. "Go to Switzerland," Federer wrote. A great soccer since childhood, the tennis legend wanted to become a soccer player when he was young.
Indeed, Federer is a staunch FC Basel fan and often visits his stadium. Interestingly, when it comes to his favorite player, the Swiss Maestro is a fan of six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi. The Swiss soccer team will then play the winners of Group B Belgium, or the winners of Groups E or F, to be decided on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Federer heads to the 2021 Wimbledon Championship as he seeks a ninth record-extending title at the All England Club. At last week's Halle Open, Federer lost in the second round to Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime.
At the last Wimbledon Championship in 2019, Federer suffered a heartbreaking loss to Novak Djokovic. Despite having two match points in the fifth set, Federer did not seize the opportunity and ultimately lost in the fifth set tiebreaker.
Wilander discusses Roger Federer's attitude
Seven-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 Mats Wilander also weighed in on Roger Federer's form and chances at Wimbledon. The Swede said he found it "alarming" that the eight-time Wimbledon champion was pointing the finger at his own attitude.
"I actually saw him show it one time against Gustavo Kuerten at Roland-Garros, where he looked not interested to be there and was willing to hit the grass courts," Wilander said. "So, I think that he's most probably felt like that before but for him to actually point the finger at himself - that's alarming.
I think what happens when you do that, the thing we never talked about, it puts a green light in the locker room to the rest of the field like 'wow, even Roger Federer doesn't feel like fighting to the very end with a good attitude these days..
so you know what Roger, you are 39, I am 21, I'm going to be out there for five hours if I have to. Even if you're Roger Federer," the Swede added.