Grigor Dimitrov talked about many topics in the press conference after his victory in the quarterfinals of the ATP Shanghai Masters 1000 against Nicolas Jarry. One of these themes was about the possibility of reuniting the One-Handed Backhand Boys, a band he was part together with Tommy Haas and Roger Federer.
The Bulgarian said: “I don’t know, I just saw Roger, so I think we’ll talk about it a bit! I would like it very much. I believe that, unfortunately, our lives have taken different paths! That is , in a certain sense, each to his own.
We obviously still follow each other and are excited to see how life progresses and get a preview of each other’s moments. I care so much about these moments that maybe something will come to mind when you least expect it.” A few years ago, in 2017, Federer, Haas and Dimitrov sang the cover of one of the most loved songs of all time: Hard to Say I’m Sorry, by Chicago, with an incursion by Novak Djokovic.
Federer later proposed it on his Instagram profile, writing: “No, seriously. We’re really thinking about starting a music band. We’ll call it The One-Handed Backhand Boys. We’re already casting!”
Andrey Rublev: “They stopped following the match to watch Roger Federer”
After his 6-2 6-3 quarter-final success in the ATP Master 1000 in Shanghai against Ugo Humbert, the Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev reached his second semifinal of the season in tournaments in this category.
He did it in Monte Carlo, where the Russian then triumphed in the final. In the press conference, the Chinese number 5 seed expressed his satisfaction with the level of play expressed. Roger Federer also attended Rublev’s match in Shanghai, and Andrey explained: “I saw him before the match.
I’ve known Roger for a couple of years. When he witnessed my match, obviously all the spectators stopped watching tennis, because they started just watching Roger, so it was a fun time. No big deal, I mean, obviously when Roger comes on the pitch it’s always a special moment.” Fifteen days ago, in Beijing, Humbert won.
Rublev analyzed: “I tried to analyze the things I did wrong in Beijing and the things I did right. I’m happy that I managed to win in two sets and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.” On his next semi-final opponent, Grigor Dimitrov, Andrey added: “It’s difficult to play against Grigor because he is a great player.
Then, the fact that we are friends is even better, because it will make the match more special. It’s normal that in tennis sometimes you have to play with friends, or sometimes you have to play with players you don’t like facing.
Every week you have to face different players. I’m surprising even myself with the way I’m playing. With me you never know, maybe tomorrow it will be a completely opposite story. Today I played great, aggressive, hit a lot of winners. I am satisfied.”