During a recent interview with Gio Journal, Italian player Matteo Berrettini talked about his admiration for the Swiss champion Roger Federer, with whom he grew up watching matches and supporting for him. In the interview, in fact, Matteo said: "I grew up watching Roger Federer and always cheering for him.
I supported him a lot and watched him on TV every time he played, then I realized that I could play his own tournament and obviously I couldn't cheer for him anymore. I have told this story to Roger many times and we are on very good terms.
When he beat me at Wimbledon he literally destroyed me but I didn't even believe how it was possible to be on the pitch with my idol and one of the most iconic athletes ever." Speaking also of current tennis, Berrettini continued: "Roger Federer is also a tennis ambassador, I admire the example he sets with his behavior and spending time off the tennis court.
He understands that he has the power to make a significant impact on the world at large, even simply with a charity event or by working hard with the Players Council ATP. He uses sport and its popularity to impact as many lives as possible and always in a positive way."
Roger Federer is out of the 2021 Wimbledon tournament where he was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz. After that match, the Swiss announced that he was forced to carry out yet another operation and his return is now on a date to be determined.
During his career, the Italian number one and top ten Matteo Berrettini has repeatedly confessed his admiration for the Swiss and world tennis legend Roger Federer. The two have also challenged each other in the past at Wimbledon, and Matteo on that occasion was the victim of great emotions collapsing under the blows not only of the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments but also and above all because of the emotion of meeting with his idol.
In recent days, the Italian player has had the mathematical certainty of accessing the Finals in Turin and will be in front of the home crowd among the top eight in the world.
Medvedev: "Now it's easier to beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal!"
The last year has seen more and more the decline of the Big 3, or the three tennis players who more than any other have made tennis history.
We are obviously talking about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. It must be said that this meaning does not apply to the number one in the world Novak Djokovic, author of one of his best seasons ever and winner of 3 Grand Slam titles (one step away from the fourth).
As for Federer and Nadal, however, the situation is different with these two players now constantly struggling with physical problems; both have not played for months and for Federer, now over 40, we have reached the final stages of his career.
Nadal played a season between highs and lows but a heavy foot injury suffered during Roland Garros led him to say goodbye in advance to the 2021 season. Both Federer and Nadal will not take part in the ATP Finals at the end of the year, which this one year will be played in Turin, and we expect to know when they will be able to return to the field.
Federer recently underwent yet another knee operation and, above all, the shadow of retirement hangs over the Swiss. During an advertising campaign for a Russian company, the number two in the world and recent winner of the US Open 2021 Daniil Medvedev spoke of the now increasingly evident decline of the Big 3, focusing precisely on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Here are his words: "I think that the three of them are the best three tennis players in history, about 17 or 18 of the last 20 Grand Slams have been won by them. Like everything in life, however, there will come a time when their domination will pass but above all for quests.
year it should be remembered that both Nadal and Federer have been injured for a long time. I am lucky and honored to have faced them and let's say that I feel lucky to have faced them in the final stages of their career because they are getting older and let's say that it is less difficult to beat them."