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Patrick Mouratoglou calls Roger Federer a 'genius', says he plays 'perfect tennis'

04 Dec 2019, 23:00 IST

Roger Federer
Roger Federer's playing style is often called effortless

What's the story?

In a recent interview with Spiegel Online, Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou made some interesting remarks about men's tennis superstar Roger Federer. Unsurprisingly, the renowned coach spoke warmly of the sporting legend and argued that the Swiss Maestro plays perfect tennis.

In case you didn't know...

Federer is the most beloved tennis player on the planet for good reason. Since 2003, he has dominated the sport with a peerless arsenal of shots that have charmed and mesmerized fans the world over.

Serena herself has often said she's a fan of Federer's, and mentioned how she tries to incorporate certain aspects of the Swiss' game into her own.

Serena Williams and Roger Federer
Serena Williams and Roger Federer

The heart of the matter

In the interview, Mouratoglou stated that he considers Federer a "genius", and that the Swiss is the most unique player he has ever seen.

"Roger is a genius. He plays perfect tennis. I do not remember I ever saw a player playing tennis that way. And I think I will not do it until I die. Everything he does is perfect," Mouratoglou was quoted as saying.
Patrick Mouratoglou
Patrick Mouratoglou

Given that Mouratoglou coaches Serena Williams, who is also regarded as one of the best tennis players ever, this is a great compliment for Federer. Similar comments to these have been widely echoed over the last two decades, because when it comes to aesthetic tennis, very few have been able to produce as many spectacular shows as Federer.

In terms of trophies won, there is very little to split Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. But when it comes to technique, elegance, precision, intelligence and footwork, most agree that the Swiss great is a notch above.

What's next?

Even at the age of 38, Federer continues to produce masterful displays of tennis against the greatest of opponents. Although he narrowly missed out on a record-extending 9th Wimbledon title, he showed with his run to the final that he is by no means finished.

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