'Don’t have favorites except Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic...', says Top 10

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'Don’t have favorites except Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic...', says Top 10

Roger Federer is a beloved figure around the world. Regardless of which tournament he attends, fans passionately cheer on the 39-year-old Swiss. But while the eight-time Wimbledon champion welcomes the support, he doesn't take it for granted.

The 103-time tour-level champion says if he were in the fan shoes, he might not cheer on the favorite. “I never really go out and I hope everyone is with me, to be honest. In fact, sometimes I like to cheer on the less favorites,” said Federer.

“You also want to see a close match. It goes in phases. When you see another guy make great shots, I hope they applaud him. You want the atmosphere to be there”. Federer believes that because he is known around the world after more than two decades of success, some fans are automatically on his side.

But he wouldn't mind if they sided with his opponent. In the third round, he could experience this, as he will play local favorite Cameron Norrie. "Not everyone in particular has to go for me," said Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion.

“At the end of the day, you have to focus on your game. If the crowd gets involved, it's good, even if it might be in his favor. Let's see what happens" “The worst thing is if there are a lot of people sitting there but there is no noise.

On the center court you always have a guaranteed good atmosphere, regardless of whether they are for you or against. That is why I think that for me it is such a wonderful court to play ”. On paper, Federer's win against Richard Gasquet was normal.

But will victory be the one that opens the door for the Swiss to find the level to push deep into the fortnight? "What I was able to do today gives you a lot of confidence," said Federer. "You can start playing with much more freedom."

Daniil Medvedev on the Big 3

Second seed Daniil Medvedev has reached the Wimbledon Championships 2021 third round after beating 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Despite the uncomplicated scoreline, the match produced some exceptional rallies and point-making.

Moreover, the battle involved the crowd on Court 1, who chose to support the young Spaniard. In his post-match press conference, Medvedev began by speaking about his liking to get involved with the fans. Then he explained why British fans are the ‘most rational ones’ according to him.

“First of all, I love to interact with the fans. I feel like British fans in Wimbledon are the most, how we can call it, rational ones because they don’t have the favorites except, of course, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, which is normal. And they go for everybody,” Medvedev said.