It is already a habit. On or off the courts, Roger Federer awakens passions and generates a unique admiration, worthy of the greatness that he knew how to build in more than 20 years of professionalism. The public loves him and expresses it this way in each of the tournaments in which he attends; but those same sensations are experienced by his circuit mates, who in Boston surrendered at his feet.
In the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, which takes place in the city of the United States, the Swiss could not be part of the European team due to a knee injury that has been abusing him for a long time. However, ehe Helvetian attended the event of which he owns, and of course, his participation stole the limelight.
Norwegian Casper ruud (10th) admitted that he felt chills after the ovation that fell on Federer as soon as it was caught by the cameras: “I think I was 3-1 in the first set. Suddenly they showed Federer on the screen and everyone went crazy. The crowd was on fire and it gave me the chills. The hairs on my arms stood on end. I was involved in the game, but still, it was something special that I couldn’t block from my feelings. It was a really fun experience for me. It’s great to see him, he started this event and he deserves all the recognition. “
That same emotion was shared by other teammates on the circuit, both from the European team and from the Rest of the World. For some of them, as is the case with Reilly opelka, this was his first participation in the Laver Cup and the great opportunity to meet the Swiss star up close.
The two-meter-tall American opened up and confessed what it meant for him to share the tournament with Federer: “A big highlight was definitely seeing Roger for the first time. When the camera was turned around, the whole place turned went crazy. It is incredible the power that one person can have to change everyone’s mood with their presence.. Only a couple of guys in the world can do that and he’s one of them. “
For his part, the Australian Nick kyrgios, a man with experience in the contest (he played the four editions), said that Federer’s participation is “special”: “Having him sitting off to the side watching me hang out with these guys is special. It’s just an amazing and crucial event because I believe that when Federer, Nadal, Djokovic finally leave the sport we will lose a lot of fans. “
Finally, the captain of Rest of the World, John mcenroe, gave his opinion on the matter and did not skimp on praise: “Federer has a total class. He spearheaded and got this event started. Obviously, for me, Roger’s involvement is important to keep going. He is an absolute legend in our game. Your void will be very difficult to fill. “