Former world No. 4 Robin Soderling revealed that Roger Federer was his most awkward opponent in the group of the Big Three. Soderling got a chance to play every member of the Big Three and mentioned Federer as the one who was giving him the most trouble.
Soderling’s reveal should come as no surprise as he beat the Swiss only once and lost to him 16 times. Soderling’s most painful loss to Federer was in the 2009 French Open final. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, claimed his first and only French Open title after beating Soderling.
“I’m not saying he was the best, but the most uncomfortable for my game was Federer. His style didn’t suit my tennis,” Soderling told Marca. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic each have 20 Grand Slams in their collection.
Many are curious to see which of the three will break the all-time Grand Slam record and eventually end up with the most Grand Slams. “I think it depends on which player you like the most. What is evident is that they are the three best of all time and the most impressive thing is that they all played at the same time.
It has been very difficult for the rest of us to make room for ourselves.”
Philippousis on Federer’s passion
Against that context, while speaking at the Champions Tennis exhibition, former World No. 4 Tomas Berdych said that Roger Federer will be thinking about playing his last tournament for his fans, but he does not need to prove anything to anybody.
“He (Roger Federer) maybe wants to come back on court and maybe make the call and whether he’s going to play his last tournament, for his huge fan base around the world, but if he doesn’t it’s fine,” Berdych told Reuters.
“He has nothing to prove so it’s down to him how he feels and how he wants to do it at the end of the day.” Former Australia No. 1 Mark Philippousis also weighed in on Roger Federer’s future following the Champions Tennis event.
The Aussie said that Federer is doing the right thing by refusing to rush his comeback. “Can he come back? The biggest thing for me was watching him at the French Open where there were no crowds — he’s playing five sets [two four-set matches back-to-back], he’s fighting, he’s pumping his fists. That shows how much he loves the game. The passion he still has for the game is incredible,” he said.
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