Roger Federer: Daria Gavrilova likens tennis legend to farmyard animal in hilarious tweet | Tennis | Sport


Federer is out on his own in terms of Grand Slams won on the ATP Tour with 20 and is widely regarded as the best male tennis star to have played the sport.

And he remains at the top of his game, having won the Australian Open earlier this year before triumphing at the Rotterdam Open.

By reaching the semi-final in Holland, Federer also overtook Rafael Nadal to become the oldest player to reach the world No 1.

He is currently aiming to win a record sixth Indian Wells title this week and faces Jeremy Chardy tonight in the last 16.

The 36-year-old has earned high praise from fellow professionals and pundits throughout his career and for being able to elevate his game even further despite his advancing years.

And WTA world No 26 Gavrilova, who was knocked out by Caroline Garcia in the round of 32, is the latest to lavish praise on Federer… albeit with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek comment.

The Australian posted a picture on her Twitter account of herself alongside a goat with the caption: “Just chilling with @rogerfederer.”

A ‘goat’ in sports terms is often used as an acronym for greatest of all time.

Gavrilova isn’t the only person to refer to Federer as the ‘goat’ with tennis legend Rod Laver insisting no other player comes close to his achievements.

“For me, I think Roger Federer is certainly the greatest player that has come along,” Laver said earlier this year.

“Yes, we’ve got lots of great players — look at (Rafael) Nadal with a record that says ‘I’ve just won 10 French Opens’, and you can’t sort of push that under the mat.

“But I think Roger plays his greatest tennis on the big occasions, on any surface.

“He’s stood the test of time — that’s probably the one thing that puts you in that category of the best ever. That’s one of the things that he has done. He loves the game, and everything he does around his life is somewhere related to all the great (things he has done).”

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