Boxing icon Mike Tyson said Roger Federer's looked "smooth and very elegant." Tyson has been following tennis in recent years as his daughter Milan is hoping to one day become a tennis pro. Recently, Tyson appeared on a podcast hosted by tennis legend Jimmy Connors.
Connors, a former No 1, asked Tyson to name the player he was following. Tyson then revealed that he's a big admirer of Federer and Novak Djokovic. "Djokovic, definitely, and Federer. Talking about Djokovic, he came back from all those injuries.
You know, I love Djokovic personally but I'm just a big fan of Federer. When he was in his prime, he was always moving in the air. He's smooth. He's really smooth. Nadal was just all over the place. He's a great player, but he doesn't look great playing.
Federer is smooth and very elegant," Tyson said on the Advantage Connors podcast.
Tyson opens up about his admiration for Djokovic, Federer
Tyson absolutely loved watching Federer, but Djokovic is his favorite player.
Tyson says he's impressed with how Djokovic was able to bounce back after injuries and challenging periods. “Novak Djokovic is my favorite at the moment. If he is okay, I really like to watch him. He is my favorite because the way he has come back from injury and beaten guys like Nadal and Federer is amazing.
He's a true fighter,” Tyson added. Also, Tyson dropped praise on American teen Cori Gauff. Gauff, who is just 18 years old, is already a Grand Slam finalist and a top-10 player. Tyson feels Gauff has a huge upside and will definitely further improve her game.
"I think she's amazing. She has something that most don't have and that's time. She has a lot of time to cultivate her skill to become a lot better. And that's what she has that I find most of the players don't at this time," Tyson said.
Gauff has been on the main scene since 2019, when she made the second week at Wimbledon at just 15 years old. This year, Gauff didn't accomplish her goal of becoming a Grand Slam champion, but she did come close to winning the French Open.
At the French Open, Gauff made the final before losing to Iga Swiatek in straight sets. In 2023, winning a maiden Grand Slam will certainly be on the top of Gauff's priority list.