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‘Change your job’: Fed serves reporter

Roger Federer was in a good mood following his straight sets demolition of Italian Matteo Berrettini in the Round of 16.

Federer cruised into the quarterfinals with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 victory and entered his post-match press conference in high spirits.

There’s been highlights aplenty coming from the media room throughout Wimbledon, thanks in large part to Nick Kyrgios, but it was Federer who once again had the media throng in tears.

After claiming victory in Halle, Germany, in the lead up to Wimbledon, Federer was asked about his opponent’s performance there and how it related to his run at the All England Club.

Well-known Italian writer Ubaldo Scanagatta put the question to Federer but quickly found himself in the firing line, much to the delight of every other reporter.

“I didn’t see you in Halle,” Federer pointed out. “You didn’t travel. You took the easy route and took the TV, in your bedroom, just relaxing.”

Roger Federer was in fine formSource:Supplied

The laughs didn’t end there with Federer serving up another ace as Scanagatta tried to tee up another question.

“This morning I wrote, I don’t believe that Berrettini can beat Federer, but he will not lose 6-1 6-2 6-2, which is exactly the score that came out. So I’d like to know,” Scanagatta started, before Federer jumped in.

“If you should change your job or not, is that the question? Think about it,” Federer quipped.

After an eruption of laughter, he eventually answered the question before the Italian threw in one last remark to the Swiss master.

“Should I resign,” he asked.

“Not just yet. Give it another couple of days, then we’ll speak again,” Federer said.

After the laughs however the man who has dominated men’s tennis for more than a decade took a serious approach and offered up some advice for his opponent, stating the comprehensive defeat could prove to be a guiding light for him.

“His coach congratulated and thanked me and I was like ‘why?’ and he said ‘it’s good for him to get a lesson like this’,” Federer said.

“Important he’s not too disappointed because he’s had a great run and it’s important for him to look ahead as there’s so many great moments coming in his career.

Fed offered up some advice for Matteo.Source:AP

“Of course I also lost sometimes the hard way, I remember the US Open against (Andre) Agassi and it was 6-1 6-2 6-4, I believe, and I thought I was going to take him out.

“Then you get smashed and you go home and don’t understand what happened then you realise you’ve got to work harder, it’s that simple and maybe I’ve got to have a different tactic and different mindset going into that.

“Another day when I played Max Mirnyi, I waited probably 10 hours at the courts to play because it had been raining all day and they sent me out at probably 11pm on Court 8, I believe it was, and I lost in straight sets and then went to McDonalds at 2am and you’re just like ‘what happened?’

“Some losses you can’t explain but it’s important that you, especially in those moments when you lost extremely hard and you had high expectations and you really get taken down, is that when you take a major step forward, it’s OK to take a step back but then you’ve got to take two forward and I hope that’s what he does exactly from today.”

FED CRITICISES ‘COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE’ RULE

Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff became the biggest story at Wimbledon when the 15-year-old toppled Venus Williams in the opening round.

Her fairytale run came to an end at the hands of Simona Halep in the Round of 16 when she fell 6-3 6-3.

Her impressive display on the big stage has cast a spotlight on the WTA’s age rules, which prevent players from competing until they’re 14 and continues to restrict their appearance until they’re 18. Fourteen-year-olds can play eight professional events (and only three where the prize money is greater than $60,000), while a 17-year-old is allowed to play 16 events. If a player performs, the limit can be increased slightly.

Gauff has already played in eight tournaments since March, meaning she can only play in another four over the next eight months.

Weird rule holding Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff back.Source:AP

Federer’s management company, Team8, represents Gauff and he says the time has come for the rule to be amended.

“I’ve told the WTA they should loosen up the rules,” he said, according to ESPN.

“I loved seeing (Martina) Hingis doing what she did at a young age. I think it would be nice, you know, if they could play more. I feel like it puts, in some ways, extra pressure on them every tournament they play. It’s like their week, ‘This is now where I finally am allowed to play, I have to do well,’ right? I’m not sure if it’s maybe to some extent counter-productive.

“Maybe your best time (in a player’s career) is from 14 to 20 for some reason. It’s not like for everybody else from 20 to 30. So in a way you take away that opportunity, you know. … It’s up to debate. I don’t have the perfect solution. I see why they did it, because we’ve had the history of some tough parents out there. But at the same time you’re also increasing the pressure for that player each week to produce.”

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