Big tennis player Roger Federer said that Switzerland’s shock victory at Euro 2020 against world champions France on Monday showed that underdog tournaments can move mountains.
Speaking at Wimbledon, where he won his opening match on Tuesday, the Basel native said Switzerland should now reach the next level against Spain on Friday.
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“It was a great football day yesterday in terms of the quality of the games as a whole,” Federer said of Switzerland’s penalty shoot-out after the last 16th game, which ended 3-3.
“I just thought they fought very well. With the situation being 1-0, losing the penalty, then everything changed in half an hour. It would be so easy to just let go.
“I was really proud of the way they fought. “It just shows in sports, especially in football, when the team pulls together, it really believes that you can move real mountains.”
Surprisingly, the 20-year-old Swiss Grand Slam champion was against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday and seemed to be in danger of coming out as he fell from two sets to one.
But he won the fourth set after Mannarino got injured and left a decisive one after the departure of his opponent.
Federer missed the equivalent football penalty in the 2019 Wimbledon final as Novak Djokovic won the fifth set of the tournament – the first he ever played in the Wimbledon final.
Thus, the 39-year-old had some sympathy for the French striker Kylian Mbappe, whose shot sent the Swiss.
“The penalties are so brutal. Obviously on the edge of your seat. Me and me. I feel bad for the French team and the players because I like watching them a lot,” he said.
“Now I hope the best for Switzerland. I hope we can repeat another match like this, not celebrate too hard, take it to the next level. This would be historic for us in a big event like this to go to the semi-finals. ” (