Daniil Medvedev has nothing but praise for Roger Federer as he considers the Swiss a great champion on the pitch and a very nice and genuine person off the pitch. The 26-year-old Medvedev met Federer three times. Medvedev and Federer first met at the 2018 Shanghai Masters when the Swiss defeated the Russian 6-4 4-6 6-4.
Federer also defeated Medvedev in Basel (2018) and at the Miami Masters (2019). “I remember when we played in Shanghai for the first time in 2018. So it was one of the best feelings of my life. I don’t know him very well, but as you can see he’s the same on TV and on TV the dressing room.
All tennis lovers always wanted me to play,” Medvedev told L’Equipe, according to Bastien Fachan. During this year’s grass season, Medvedev showed his respect for Federer’s grass game by ranking him among the best grass court players.
Federer, 41, is a record eight-time Wimbledon winner. Novak Djokovic, who has seven Wimbledon titles, is also on Medvedev’s list. Medvedev listed Federer and Djokovic as the top two lawn players of his generation.
“Novak is always the favourite. He’s won the last three Wimbledons that have been played. He plays very well on grass. If we’re talking about the best players in history on grass, I would put him first, although I don’t did not see borg play sampras.
Federer and Djokovic of my generation are the best. Of course, Nadal can win any tournament he plays in and Berrettini plays at a high level. Speaking of favourites, Djokovic, Berrettini and Nadal,” Medvedev said this summer.
Nick McCarvel opens Federer
Nick McCarvel praised Roger Federer’s behavior outside court, saying that he is always thoughtful and a good listener. “He once told me I had pretty good shoes on, so I’ll take those.
You know, I was a newspaper reporter for two years, tennis reporter for USA Today, had a few one-on-ones with Roger. Always classy, always thoughtful, always a good listener, always someone who will look you in the eye and say hello, and that’s what great champions do to set themselves apart,” he said.
“I think the greatness he achieved on the pitch was second to none, but the fact that he would only meet you on a human level, he was always interested in other people. And he said in that retirement message that you start with, it’s the people that he’s going to remember most of his illustrious career, and I think for a lot of people it’s going to be Roger and the way he’s handling them off the pitch that will be remembered,” he added.