Swiss great Roger Federer has revealed in a latest interview that he believes nobody in the current era of tennis plays like him and at the same time nobody needs to as well because they can all have their own style. Federer said initially others also likened him to Pete Sampras, expecting that he would play like the American but his style was different.
When asked by a New York Times reporter if anybody was anything like him, Federer explained, “Not at the moment. Obviously, it would have to be a guy with a one-handed backhand. No one needs to play like me, by the way. People also thought I was going to play like Pete Sampras, but that’s not the case. I think everyone should be their own version of themselves. And not a copier, although copying is the greatest sign of flattery.”
“But I wish them all to find their own way, and tennis will be great. I am sure that I will always be the number 1 fan of this sport. And I’ll follow, sometimes in the stands, sometimes on TV, but of course I hope there’s enough one-handed backhand tennis, enough attacking tennis, enough flair. But I will sit back, relax and watch the games from a different perspective,” added Federer.
Future of Tennis is in Bright Hands: Roger Federer
“For me, I never worried about the game. People also thought the same when Agassi and Sampras retired. For me to now look at the future, I know it’s incredibly bright and I think we don’t have to worry about it on either side, men or women,” said the 20-time major champion.
Federer recently also suggested that he could become a commentator at Wimbledon as part of his future plans after retirement. Before his retirement, the last big match that he played was against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon 2021, where he had to suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of the youngster.