LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – Great tennis player Roger Federer said Switzerland’s surprise Euro 2020 win over world champions France on Monday showed that tournament underdogs can move mountains.
Speaking at Wimbledon, where he won their opener on Tuesday, the Basel native said Switzerland should now take it to the next level against Spain on Friday. Read more
“It was a great day of football yesterday overall, just in terms of the quality of the games,” Federer said of Switzerland’s victory on penalties after the end of the round of 16 3- 3. Read more
“I just thought they fought really well. With the situation of being 1-0, of missing the penalty, then everything changed in half an hour. It would have been so easy to let go.
“I was really proud of the way they fought. It shows in sport, especially in football, when the team comes together, really believes that you can really move mountains. “
Oddly, the 20-time Swiss Grand Slam champion faced Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday and looked in danger of exiting as he was led by two sets to one.
But he won the fourth set after Mannarino got injured and was spared by a decision maker after his opponent retired.
Federer lost the equivalent of a penalty shoot-out in the 2019 Wimbledon final as Novak Djokovic beat a decisive fifth set – the first ever played in a Wimbledon final.
Thus, the 39-year-old had sympathy for French striker Kylian Mbappe whose failed shot sent the Swiss.
“The shots on goal are so brutal. Obviously on the edge of your seat. It was me too. I feel bad for the France team and the players because I really like watching them, ”he said.
“Now I hope for the best for Switzerland. Hope we can replicate another game like this, don’t celebrate too loudly, take it to the next level. It would be historic for us at a big event like this to go to the semi-finals. “
Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris
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