Roger Federer stated that it is a pity that he will never be able to play an official match against Carlos Alcaraz, one of the dreams of the young Spaniard, and said that he closely followed the successes of the Spaniard in the US Open.
Federer will bid farewell to professional tennis in a doubles match at the Laver Cup, after announcing his retirement last week. The Swiss held a press conference at the O2 in London, venue of the tournament, to detail his goodbye and dedicated a few words to the world number one, who assured that Federer is one of the idols of his childhood and that he would have liked to play an official match against him.
“It’s a shame I can never play against him. I saw what he did at the US Open, it was fantastic. I always said there are going to be new superstars in this sport. The future of tennis is bright. There are people who say it wasn’t going to be the same when Pete and Andre retired, but there are always going to be people who win Grand Slams,” Federer said.
The winner of 20 Grand Slams recalled an anecdote with the Spaniard when they trained together at Wimbledon 2019, before the Swiss faced Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the tournament: “It was a good training session. I remember that Juan Carlos (Ferrero) was very happy to see him training well, because he was his boy. Many times after training with someone you train with him again because it’s easy to call that person again and ask if want to do it again. So I called them two days later.”
“But I was wrong and I said I wanted to train with Juan Carlos, not Carlos. I was late, but the practice with Ferrero was great, he didn’t miss a ball. I could continue on the circuit.” manifested.