Say what you will about the world’s best tennis players - they know how to have a bit of fun with the reporters who follow them across the globe.
Nick Kyrgios’ love/hate relationship with the press has been well-documented, but it was Roger Federer who had reporters in stitches after his straight-sets win over Matteo Berrettini.
Federer put on something of a show with well-known Italian tennis writer Ubaldo Scanagatta - much to the amusement of his colleagues.
The Swiss maestro was asked a question comparing Berrettini’s performance at Halle earlier this year and relating it to his Wimbledon performance.
But Federer proved why he’s been at the top for so long - he never misses a detail.
He had the room cracking up when he pointed out Scanagatta hadn’t actually been at the Halle tournament, with the reporter playing along with the joke as well.
“I didn’t see you in Halle,” Federer playfully pointed out.
“You didn’t travel. You took the easy route and took the TV, in your bedroom, just relaxing.”
Scanagatta said he had predicted a Federer win, but not the comprehensive 6-1 6-2 6-2 that actually unfolded - something that did not go unnoticed.
“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 interjected.
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“If you should change your job or not, is that question? Think about it,” Federer quipped.
After Federer answered his question, the well-liked Italian reporter had one last joke.
“Should I resign,” he asked.
“Not just yet. Give it another couple of days, then we’ll speak again,” Federer retorted, bringing to a close one of the more memorable press conferences from this year’s tournament.