American star Ben Shelton has chosen Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as his dream opponents at the iconic US Open Arthur Ashe Stadium. In a video for the US Open, Shelton was asked to reveal his dream opponent at the US Open.
Shelton, who reached the round of 16 at the Cincinnati Masters last week, said it would be either Federer or Nadal. «It has to be Federer or Nadal, for sure. One of those two. I mean they’re the two I’ve grown up watching.»
Obviously, Federer is the classiest guy, the face of tennis, so one of them, being able to play them one day, would be really cool,» Shelton said. Steve Johnson, who faced Federer at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon in the past, he has chosen the Swiss as his dream opponent to face off at the Arthur Ashe.
«It would definitely be Roger, just because I respect him so much. I’ve played him on Center Court in Australia and at Wimbledon. So I’d love to play him here again,» Johnson said. Last week, Shelton stunned Lorenzo Sonego and 2022 French Open finalist Casper Ruud.
Shelton, who announced his decision to forgo the final two years of college and turn pro on Tuesday, spoke about his admiration for Federer and Nadal in Cincinnati. «I definitely admired Federer. Nadal is the clear choice because I am also left-handed.
I like Federer’s class, the aura that surrounds him and the way he carries himself on the court both in victory and in defeat.»
Chris Evert on King Roger
Tennis legend Chris Evert reckons it will take a «Herculean effort» from Roger Federer to make a comeback.
«He’s got four kids and he’s got such a great life in Switzerland and he’s… he’s all set up with business. And he just… it would take a Herculean effort to get back to the top, not even No.
1 but back to the top five. I think it would be a herculean effort, I really do,» said Evert. Evert is of the opinion that something decisive can be said about his retirement only after he plays his first proper tournament.
“I don’t know how he is training. I don’t know if he is really anxious and hungry or if he is very satisfied with the life that he leads. really going on with him,» Evert said.
«But I don’t know. I just… like we said before, to each their own. They all leave in their own time and for their own reasons.»