Roger Federer Admits Getting Nervous Playing in Front of Celebrities

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 | 0

Roger Federer has established himself as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. With an experience of around 18 years, the Swiss has created an aura of his own, which is much-feared by his rivals. But, he himself gets unnerved on court, at times.

Following his epic come-from-behind win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships on Wednesday, Federer revealed that performing in front of celebrated sports personalities makes him nervous.

This was evident until the start of the third set of the match when Federer was on the verge of being knocked out, trailing two-sets-to-love and 0-40 down on serve. He, however, made a stunning comeback to pull off a thrilling 6-7 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-3 triumph.

The match was witnessed by some of the well-known personalities including football star David Beckham, actors Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk, singer Ellie Goulding, and fashion journalist Anna Wintour to name a few.

“Back in the day, I was nervous playing in front of my family, then in front of famous people, then in front of famous sports people, famous tennis players,” the 34-year-old was quoted as saying by Sport360.

He added: “At the end of the day today what makes me nervous is playing before really legends of our sport. That’s the only thing that still gets me nervous, when I see guys sitting watching my match. When I see them watching, I feel like ‘better play well, you don’t want to disappoint legends of our sport’.”

No wonder, his opponents will try and get in more and more celebrities the next time they play Federer!





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