One yr after retirement, Roger Federer remains to be making his presence felt on the ATP circuit. The Swiss is honored wherever he goes and the most recent event to commemorate his profession was the Shanghai Masters 1000.
The Basel-based former participant took the chance to cease by the ATP Podcast and talked about Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal and the ‘Large Three’.
On Alcaraz, who has an image of the 20-time Grand Slam champion hanging in his room, he urged individuals to not rush him.
“He is nonetheless younger and every little thing he is achieved is incredible. Not solely on clay, but in addition on laborious court docket and beating Djokovic at Wimbledon isn’t any joke,” Federer instructed the ATP Podcast.
Though he says that the Spaniard didn’t want that victory to show his price.
“It is one other huge plus on his CV.”
The very best of the ‘Large Three’
Like so many others, Federer extracted points of the sport of the ‘Large Three’ which can be mirrored within the tennis participant from El Palmar.
“I see energy on the forehand, a bit like Rafa, though maybe the approach is extra mine”, commented the Swiss.
“Take a look at his drop shot, that is because of the truth that he can play from behind like Rafa.”
“His defensive expertise, these rival these of Novak, however Novak is clearly at one other stage as a result of whenever you do it for thus a few years, you are alone, like Rafa on clay. That protection is second to none, but when Carlos continues to do this, we’ll speak about him much more. He has the potential for that.”
As Alcaraz as soon as mentioned, Federer doesn’t like “when there are too many comparisons” as a result of “possibly there’s a mixture, but it surely’s additionally not honest to say that as a result of Carlos is Carlos, like Novak is Novak and Rafa is Rafa”.
On the Shanghai Masters 1000 just one prime 10 participant reached the quarter-finals and Federer factors out that “all of us hope that each technology produces the very best tennis each week, but it surely’s troublesome to realize that”.
In truth, some level the finger at Alcaraz for not lifting a title since Wimbledon.
“I believe Carlos has completed in addition to he can to date. He’ll lose every now and then, however he is bought an unimaginable sport and an unimaginable future,” mentioned the 20-time main champion.
Federer and Nadal
The nice relationship between Federer and Nadal is well-known, however the Basel participant has confessed that he doesn’t miss the head-to-head battles with the Spaniard.
“I am completely happy that I haven’t got to play a type of troublesome matches on middle court docket in opposition to one of many huge guys. I’ve had so many moments like this that I am glad I haven’t got any extra,” he concluded.