‘I don’t want to do anything’ – When a top Russian player berated Roger Federer for not siding with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic during an internal player discussion

Roger Federer’s glorious career has made him one of tennis’s torchbearers. His knightly manner on and off the court is admired by all tennis enthusiasts alike. This has brought a lot of popularity to the sport while also highlighting the various problems in the sport.

Already in 2012, renowned players like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal raised their voices to improve the conditions of the players. Federer, on the other hand, preferred to remain silent during this period. His passive stance drew harsh criticism from former world no. 3, Nikolay Davydenko.

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Nikolay Davydenko criticized Roger Federer for his passive attitude

The Russian player was among the rising voices calling for an improvement in men’s tennis conditions. He wasn’t afraid to question the inactive voice of such an influential player. He said, “I don’t know why Roger doesn’t support the players. Because he doesn’t want any… problems.” He also spoke about the personality that the Swiss Maestro has developed, “He’s a nice guy… he wins Grand Slams. He’s from Switzerland. He is perfect.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts in his quarterfinal match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

Davydenko threw a jab at the player, saying: “He doesn’t want to do anything, he’s just trying to be an outsider of this one.” Along with Russian player Novak Djokovic and raphael Nadal had raised their voices. Nadal had also criticized Federer for his silence on the matter.

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However, springer claimed his silence doesn’t define his stance, he just has a different approach to the issue. The 20-time Grand Slam champion said: “I just have a different approach. I’m not discussing it with you guys in the press room. Unfortunately, negative stories sometimes arise.”

Federer’s long-awaited comeback

Roger Federer was last seen on the court at SW19 In 2021 he reached the quarterfinals. After that, the player underwent multiple knee surgeries, which saw him withdraw from the hard court season last year. In June, Federer announced that he will take part in the Laver Cup, followed by the Swiss Indoors Basel.

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It will be exciting to see him play in a team that includes Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and others Andy Murray. However, his participation in a Grand Slam event is not yet confirmed. However, there is a small chance that we might see him in the Australian Open in 2023.

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