‘I beat Roger Federer easily in Doha in our…’, says former ATP ace

It will have to wait a few more months to see Roger Federer in action on the tennis court. The former world number 1 played his last match at Wimbledon 2021, before undergoing yet another surgery on his right knee. The Swiss phenomenon played just 13 official matches last year, never giving the feeling of being in 100% form. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals in London were his best results of the season, certainly not enough haul for a legend of his caliber. Fans are hoping that the 20-time Grand Slam champion manages to end his legendary career worthily. The King will take part in the Laver Cup, scheduled at the O2 Arena in London in late September, and in the ATP in Basel in the autumn. According to his latest statements, the 40-year-old from Basel plans to play a few tournaments again in 2023. During a lengthy interview with ‘CLAY’, Nikolay Davydenko explained why Roger Federer was the most difficult opponent for him to face.

Davydenko on facing King Roger

“Roger Federer was my toughest opponent. Why? Because his forehand was extremely fast and his serve was very accurate, I could not gain any sort of control against him,” Davydenko said. “I had so many opportunities against Federer, but he was always a much better player near the end of the sets. I had set points, I made it into the tiebreaks, but then i was always loosing. Not in London. That time, I felt like it was my time to beat him, and I got lucky a bit as well,” Davydenko said. He admitted to having struggled mentally whenever he went up against Federer. “My mentality changed after that, so I beat him easily in Doha in our next match as well. That time, I felt like I could beat him, it is no secret that I had a problem mentally when facing Federer,” Davydenko said. The Wimbledon Championship stands tall because of the level of tennis matches it provides and the traditions it has. However, there are factors that are problematic but pass every year under the cover of tradition. One such factor is the strict dress code. With the Wimbledon at the doorstep, Puig took on Twitter and shared a thread addressing the fact that how much menstruation affects a player’s game and wrote about Wimbledon’s problem. “Definitely something that affects female athletes! Finally, bringing it to everyone’s attention! Not to mention the mental stress of having to wear all white at Wimbledon and praying not to have your period during those two weeks.”