‘I totally love and respect Federer for this,’ asserts Wilander on win for Swiss
Mats Wilander was thoroughly impressed by Roger Federer and his display of commitment to tennis in his third round win at the French Open.
The seven-time Slam champion expressed his admiration for Federer after the Swiss finished his third round match against Koepfer in the early hours in Paris, winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.
“I feel good that I saw Roger was in good enough shape to play like that,” Wilander said from the Eurosport Cube after the match.
“You have a lot of people say they should retire when they get a little bit old if they cannot win a Slam.
“I am of the complete opposite opinion. I absolutely love and respect Roger Federer for what he did last night.
“He could have easily thrown in the towel and say “I had a good enough practice for Wimbledon”. But no, he wants to win matches, I am just so impressed with him.”
Federer’s fourth round opponent is Italy’s Matteo Berretini, who has reached the stage for the first time in his career.
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