Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has admitted he is a huge tennis fan – and primarily because of the great Roger Federer.
In an interview with the Tennis Channel, Dybala confirmed his love for tennis was inspired by the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland.
“Well at home, we used to watch a lot of sports, the TV was always on, and the sport we watched the most was football, followed by tennis,” Dybala said.
“I always had a lot of admiration and respect. I liked Roger Federer’s style. I believe that I and many people have him as a tennis reference.
“We try to watch his matches, he has a style and elegance that makes everyone want to be like him.
“I always tried to watch him play so I love tennis because of him.”
Dybala went on to reveal he is friends with his fellow Argentine Diego Schwartzman, as he suggested tennis players have a natural all-round ability that would allow them to excel in alternative pursuits.
“I always believe that high performing players excel in several sports,” he added.
“I have seen El Peque (Diego Schwartzman), Dominic Thiem, Nole (Novak) Djokovic easily juggling a tennis ball.
“So I think they could do very well on a football pitch – better than a football player could do as a tennis player.”
Dybala also saluted Rafael Nadal for his magical display against Novak Djokovic in this month’s French Open final, as he joined Federer in winning 20 Grand Slam titles.
“Rafael Nadal won Roland Garros in a match in which he gave no chance to Novak Djokovic,” he added. “I think it was more than well-deserved to win his 13th Roland Garros in his career. Something amazing. He matched Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slams. There are no words for this player, no words.”