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‘It’s a big honor to be compared to him,’ Swiss junior tennis player speaks on Roger Federer

After winning his first Challenger event, Dominic Stricker speaks about the importance of Roger Federer and the comparisons with him.

Roger Federer has not been very active on the circuit in the last two seasons. Infact, his latest comeback bid ended in disaster at the Qatar Open in Doha.

Beaten in the second round of the competition to relatively unimpressive Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia. Since then Federer has decided not to participate in tournaments unless he is completely fit. That would mean giving his twice operated knee a bit of a break and wait for it to completely heal.

That process hasn’t been an easy or a quick one and one has seen him withdraw from one tournament after the other. Most recently it has been confirmed that Federer has pulled out of the Rome Masters as well, and is likely to not play in the Madrid Open as well. Reports suggest that he will play in the ATP 250 Tournament in Geneva and then the French Open. 

Dominic Stricker talks about his idol Roger Federer

Dominic Stricker

18-year old Dominic Stricker is considered to be the great Swiss tennis hope. Like almost every Swiss kid, Stricker idolizes Federer. In an interview, the man from Bern talks about his goals and about working with Roger Federer.

He said: “It’s a big honor to be compared to Roger Federer. But there is still a long way to go. I hope to face him and I wish him to win some more big titles. I am down 3-4 in the H2H training session meetings against him!”

“The plan is to make the leap into the main field of a Grand Slam tournament in the next three to five years. It would of course be cool to even get that far. But I will give everything that it might work out beforehand.”

Stricker claimed his maiden Challenger crown behind an impressive performance on the indoor hard courts of Lugano on home soil. He also reached a career high of World No.425 in the process.

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