Former World No.1 Roger Federer is a source of motivation and encouragement to succeed in sports to move forward in sports. However, now the former junior No.1 and Japanese rising star Shintaro Mochizuki admits the Swiss Maestro is his hero after breaking into his first ATP Masters 1000 main draw at the Miami Open 2021.
The 17-year-old will now lock horns with the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in his first round match at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Earlier, he overcame Daniel Altmaier and Emilio Gomez in the qualifiers. Notably, World No.654 awarded a wildcard for qualifiers.
“If You Have Any Chances To Play Bigger Events, Just Go For It”: Federer Said To Shintaro Mochizuki
Mochizuki’s maiden Junior Grand Slam title winning ran at 2019 Wimbledon strongly affected the 20-time major tournament winner. As a result, Federer requested Shintaro to be a hitting partner during the ATP Finals in London later that year.
“He’s my hero. At the Nitto ATP Finals, I was there as a hitting partner, and I got to hit with him. It was a dream. In tennis, he hits so easy, just relaxed when he’s playing,” Mochizuki stated after reserved a main draw spot in Miami.
A right-handed from Kawasaki also stressed that numerous tennis players are hitting balls with power and emotions, but Federer is striking balls effortlessly.
Japanese continued, “Many people are just playing with the power and emotions, but he’s just hitting balls so easy. He taught me that if you have any chances to play bigger events, just go for it.”
“Even this tournament, I had a wild card. I’m still like No. 600, I’m not even close to getting into the qualifier, and I had a chance to play, so I just came to play,” the 2019 French Open semifinalist expressed.
Shintaro Mochizuki made his ATP main draw debut at the Singapore Tennis Open 2021 as a wildcard entrant.