Due to his immense skill in the court, Roger Federer has established his reputation as one of the greatest tennis players in history. He started competing in the ATP Tour in 1998. Back then, he was dubbed as one of the young prodigies that would, later on, dominate the sport. That turned out to be true. While it took him five more years to win a Grand Slam, his rise in the rankings was pretty fast.
Roger Federer comments on Coco Gauff’s rising popularity
Because of his exposure to massive popularity at an early age, Federer has recently been asked about his thoughts on the media attention young players like Coco Gauff are getting. He admits that even he will have difficulty handling the pressures of fame at Gauff’s age (she is 15).
While he admires Gauff’s ability to face pressure from the media and the fans, he reminded people that performing well in the tennis court while in front of a big audience is difficult. Even when Gauff and other young players have their own support team, the pressure can still be enormous.
Looking back, the Swiss Maestro is grateful that he had the opportunity to grow a bit more before he became a major public figure. But, he also admitted how exciting the 15-year old player’s life must be.
Federer has been supportive of Gauff ever since she started garnering more media mileage. In September, he told Gauff to not be too hard on herself after Naomi Osaka defeated in the third round of the U.S. Open. He also said that Gauff should take the defeat as an opportunity to learn. He complimented both Gauff and Osaka for their camaraderie as well.
Federer talks about pressure from media
As someone who debuted in the ATP Tour when he was around 17 years old, Federer is no stranger to the pressure of playing professional tennis as a young person. He mentioned that he was glad that within a year of his debut, he was already reaching quarterfinal and semifinal rounds in some tournaments.
He also explained how valuable his support group was to him. He recalled how he immediately ran to his then coach Peter Carter right after winning his first Challenger title in the 1999 Brest competition.
He said that Carter helped train him since he was ten years old. Federer gave him a huge credit for his young career. Because of their training, he became the youngest person in the world top 100 that year.
Federer also narrated how he defeated then world no. 4 Carlos Moya in France. He remembered how the press was already heralding him as a future no. 1 player. He said that it was at that moment that he calmed himself down and reminded himself to be realistic about his goals.
Roger Federer is quoted at 11 to be the winner of the Australian Open. Coco Gauff is quoted at 34.
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Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, Federer played his last match on the 16th of November when he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London.
This year the Swiss has a 51-10 win-loss record. Federer conquered 4 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami, in Halle and in Basel. Roger was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
Cori Gauff’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.68 (career-high), Cori played her last match on the 16th of October when she capitulated to Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-0 in the 1st round in Luxembourg.
This year Cori has a 18-8 win-loss record. The American has won 1 title in Linz.