In an interview with Eurosport Polska, Swiatek paid tribute to Federer saying:
“Roger is a class in itself,” she said.
In terms of movement, technique, and how he behaves outside the court. I am generally impressed by the smoothness of his movements and how majestic he looks. These are things that I admire immensely, but I don’t know if I will be able to introduce them to my game myself. I will try, but we will see,” she added.
In the same interview, Swiatek also recounted that it was a mental struggle going into the US Open.
“Earlier tournaments and the fact that I lost in the third round in Toronto and Cincinnati allowed me to lower my expectations. At the beginning of this second part of the season, I actually felt that I had to play the same as in the first,” Swiatek said.
“Later I realized that it makes no sense to go back to the past. I focused on what I can do here and now. In New York, I accepted that maybe on these courts I will not always feel one hundred percent comfortable, that there will be some mistakes on the fast surface, but I focused on, to work it out best and draw conclusions,” she added.
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She also paid tribute to Federer after the 20-time Grand Slam winner announced that he was retiring from the sport, saying:
“I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you are for our sport. It’s been a privilege to witness your career. I wish you all the best.