World No. 13 Diego Schwartzman said Roger Federer is a gentleman and someone who has a good relationship with fellow Tour colleagues.
“Roger is a gentleman, he’s perfect on the pitch, but on the outside he’s even more perfect,” Schwartzman told ESPN, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “In the players’ room joking around with everyone and being close to everyone, that’s impressive. But on the court, he makes you feel like you have no idea what to do with him.”
Schwartzman has played Federer four times and he has zero wins over the Swiss.
“I had times in my games with him where I felt good playing, and it seemed like he was bored and was going to beat me whenever he wanted,” Schwartzman said. “He has to be the one with the most variations and tennis repertoire in history.”
Schwartzman hopes Federer ‘never retires’
Federer, 40, underwent a knee surgery this past August.
“I hope he never retires,” Schwartzman said. “I mean, really. Let him play in a suit if necessary.”
Meanwhile, Schwartzman inaugurated a 53-court complex in Buenos Aires.
“I am very happy to start playing tennis here. I am very grateful to be here for the appointment of the Central Court. It is very special, I try to enjoy the moment. It’s a beautiful club, a beautiful country. It’s very special to me,” Schwartzman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Also, Schwartzman recalled his beginnings in Tigre, Buenos Aires.
“This place was very different when I came to mess with my friends. Some days we kids just played in front of the wall, there weren’t enough fields, so the big boys didn’t let our kids play, so I practiced against the wall. Years later, some of them still didn’t want me to play … But it was because I started hitting them,” added Schwartzman.