Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has been one of the most successful players of the modern era. He was the first men’s singles player to reach the milestone of winning 20 Grand Slam titles. Over the years, he has impressed and won the hearts of many fans around the world.
Recently, a clip of Roger Federer surfaced. In the clip, he was praising former Dutch tennis star Esther Vergeer. She was a wheelchair player and is by far one of the most successful tennis players of all time. She has managed to win 48 Grand Slam titles in her career.
In her career, Esther has been healthy with various injuries and some of them were as serious as a brain hemorrhage. However, the way she has fought through all those obstacles and emerged as a true champion is remarkable. Federer commented on her contribution, stating: “She has made wheelchair tennis really popular through her success and dominance.
That opens the door for other players to do a lot of things”. Moving on to tennis, Federer started his season after the Australian Open. He played his first competitive event in Doha in over a year. He was sidelined, as he had to undergo two knee surgeries.
After Doha, he played on the clay courts of Geneva. He suffered a first round exit. He later competed at the French Open and made it to the second week only to withdraw before his fourth round match. He retired because the matches were getting intense and he was playing at the highest level without much match practice.
Higueras pays tribute to King Roger
Speaking on the latest episode of the Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe podcast, Higueras expressed awe at how Roger Federer conducted himself with grace both on and off the tennis court.
“It’s tough to compare Roger [Federer] with anybody. He is so unique in everything – how he goes about his game, off the court,” Higueras said. “He likes to feel the ball on his racquet strings, he likes to experiment.
If you tell him something, he will digest it, he will think about it and [he is one of] those guys who are always so thirsty to learn.” Higueras recounted one particular incident to highlight the Swiss’ uniqueness.
“With Roger, there is always something funny happening. When he got defeated by Rafael Nadal in the  French Open, he won only four games. After that, we had a get-together with a bunch of his friends from Switzerland, like forty people.
I was so depressed but [he had a celebration after that huge loss],” Higueras said. “My point is, he is just so unique.”