A top coach said why Roger Federer is missing to tennis

The former coach of Grigor Dimitrov and Key Nishikori analyzes why the Swiss was different from Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

by Lorenzo Ciotti
A top coach said why Roger Federer is missing to tennis
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In an interview granted to the Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Dante Bottini, former coach of Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori, Nicolas Jarry, shared a thought about the Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer. Bottini underlined how the 20-time Slam champion is missing from current tennis, highlighting how he is different from his rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

According to the coach, the mere presence of the Swiss champion was perceptible, also influencing the dynamics of the locker room. "I was lucky enough to share many moments with him, yes, but also with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

But Roger's absence is felt and we miss him. He was a different player. It was he who made a turning point after the era of Sampras and Agassi. I don't know how to explain it, but tournaments were different when Roger was there.

Tennis goes on, but when he entered the locker room people were a little speechless, they looked at him. He had a presence, he commanded respect just by walking, not just by playing tennis. After that, he was a normal man, funny and with a sense of humor.

He was a phenomenon," said Bottini.

And Roger Federer talks of his rivals Nadal and Djokovic

Recently, the 20-time slam champion spoke to the CGTN Sport channel about his two all-time rivals, Djokovic and Nadal. "I was really happy and lucky to play against them.

I hope Rafa can return to a great level next season and I hope Novak can continue as long as possible, having both still in contention and at the top of the circuit is only good for our sport," he told. Words that describe a relationship, the one between the Big 3, which seems to be truly peaceful.

Roger said goodbye to the world of tennis some time ago but he continues to be present on the circuit and this year too he has intervened several times on what happens during the season. What is certain is that the Big Three have made and will remain in the history of this sport.

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