'Roger Federer would never go off out loud in...', says ATP ace

“Roger Federer would never start loudly in…”, says ATP ace

Nick Kyrgios paid tribute to Roger Federer as he believes there will never be another Federer. 27-year-old Kyrgios faced Federer seven times. Kyrgios only managed one win over Federer but they engaged in several exciting battles in which the Australian narrowly missed the Swiss.

On Thursday, Federer announced that he is retiring from tennis after the Laver Cup. Unfortunately, Kyrgios will miss the Laver Cup for the first time in his career. “No one will play the game like you do. After losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic in this year’s Wimbledon final, Kyrgios explained why he felt Federer was the most difficult one to play.

“I wouldn’t say that. Like I said, I had a chance to win the match. You don’t feel as bad as Federer sometimes,” said Kyrgios. “I think Federer, from the other three guys, can make you feel really bad, like he’s making you want to leave the pitch.

He can make things look very fast and make the space very small. “When Kyrgios and Federer first met at the 2015 Madrid Masters, Kyrgios had a great win. Federer won each of his subsequent meetings, but four of those six wins came in straight sets.

“Nadal and Djokovic, they let you play a bit from the baseline and if you don’t play well then you fight,” said Kyrgios. “But Federer can take you off very quickly.” Probably the most memorable match between Kyrgios and Federer took place at the 2017 Miami Masters.

In a match that lasted three hours and 11 minutes, Federer outplayed Kyrgios 7-6 (9) 6-7 (9) 7-6 (5).

Evans pays tribute to Federer

Dan Evans praised Roger Federer and his personality, calling him a normal and down to earth person.

“Yes, he and his team are great for me. We trained a few times. Of course I think, every day for two and a half weeks in Dubai. Yes it was great. Roger was cool,” Evans said. The Brit praised the 41-year-old’s down-to-earth nature and said he was a very good practice partner.

“Yes, I think the biggest compliment I can give him is that he was a very, very normal, down to earth person who obviously held royalty-like status in the sport. He treated me and he treats everyone just like a normal guy on the street to their mate.

That was the greatest compliment I can give him. Obviously a very good practice partner to practice with. Yeah he was like his phone, would never go off loud at a press conference,” he said.

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